Thursday, 23rd November 2017
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THEATRE ROYAL Sunday 12th November:

For the first time ever The classic nursery Rhyme Humpty Dumpty is brought to the stage in this wonderful live interactive all singing and dancing production.

Humpty is going on a big adventure to climb the highest wall in the Kingdom, but Humpty needs your help!

Sing along; solve puzzles, and meet lots of famous children’s characters along the way including, The Three Little Pigs, Little Bo Peep and all the animals on Old MacDonald’s Farm and many more! With amazing costumes, dazzling stage sets and a host of colorful characters to bring you on the journey of a lifetime.

When Humpty climbs the highest wall in the Kingdom, who knows what might happen next.

Starts @ 8pm

Tickets €12.00, Family of 4: €40 available from the box-office

Tel: 051 874402 or online @

Co. Waterford Poet on Irish Book Awards

Shortlist for Irish Poem of the Year

It was announced at the Bord Gais

Energy Theatre, last Thursday, Nov 2nd, at the unveiling of the 2017 shortlist, that Dungarvan poet, Clodagh Beresford Dunne, features on a list of four poets nominated for the Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year category, at The Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards.

Now in its twelfth year, the Irish Book Awards were founded to celebrate and promote Irish writing, to the widest range of readers possible. Each year it brings together a huge community passionate about books and writing – readers, authors, bookseller, publishers and librarians – to recognise and celebrate the very best of Irish writing talent.

The public are invited to vote for their favourite poem, before midnight on the 21st November, and the winner will be announced at the RTE-broadcast Awards ceremony, at the end of November, during which UK writer David Walliams will be presented with the 2017 International Recognition Award.

Clodagh Beresford Dunne, whose nominated poem "Seven Sugar Cubes" appeared in the The Irish Times last April, has been the recipient of a number of literature awards and bursaries from the

Waterford City and County Arts Office and Art Links, and in 2016 she received the Arts Council of Ireland Emerging-Writer Award.

Her poems have appeared in Irish and international print and online journals in Ireland, the UK and the USA.

In April, 2016, as part of Culture Ireland’s International Programme, Clodagh delivered a series of readings, interviews and lectures, in universities in Pennsylvania, and in February, 2017, she participated in a cross-continental, five-female poet reading and discussion panel at the AWP Conference and Book Fair in Washington, DC.

Clodagh holds degrees in English and in Law, and is a qualified solicitor, having trained and practiced in general, corporate and criminal law in Dublin. She is also a qualified Public Speaking teacher (LAMDA) and during her university years was deeply involved in international intervarsity debating, representing Ireland on three occasions at the World Universities

Debating Championships, including those hosted by Princeton University, NJ.

Born and raised in a local newspaper family (The Dungarvan Observer), and educated in the

Presentation Convent, Dungarvan and Rockwell College, Cashel, her writing was first committed to print at the age of 8 and, in the past, she held various roles as journalist, legal advisor and subeditor there, and was also a member of the NUJ.

Described by Irish poet, Thomas McCarthy as "A writer of great seriousness and purpose," Beresford Dunne’s poetry has been hailed as "Announcing a new vision to us, a new vortex of energy that localises human experience and domesticates genius." To vote for Irish Poem of the Year, visit:


Letters to the Editor


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