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Hibernia: Laughter and Verse

By Irish America Staff
August / September 2000

It doesn’t necessarily have to rhyme, but it definitely has to be funny. And that, in a nutshell, is the guiding principle behind the Bard of Armagh contest. Billed as “Ireland’s Unique Festival of Humorous Verse: A Reawakening of the Great Bardic Tradition,” the annual contest seeks to create “a platform for versifiers to unleash their creative energies to an appreciative audience.”

Previous winners include the authors of such eclectically titled entries as “Half a Bed to Let,” “Learning My Lesson” and “Jig Saw Syndrome.” There is also a special electrical section in the contest, for humorous verse with an electrical theme. Cash prizes total around £2,000 for the competition. ♦

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