The Bard of Armagh Annual Festival of Humorous Verse

21 November
Celebrating 20 years of uproarious bardic revelry

The Bard of Armagh Annual Festival of Humorous Verse, which began in humble circumstances in Keady in 1992 with some local people, quickly spiralled into a national phenomenon with bards from all over Ireland coming to Armagh to take part in the ancient Irish art of satirical versification.

Poets-and poetesses are judged not only on the quality of their poems but on the manner of their delivery, and over the years this has developed into an all round brilliance to equal their illustrious fore-bearers down through history.

Bards from Scotland, England and Wales have also plied their art at the annual City Hotel event and their recitations greatly added to the peals of laughter and applause that is the hallmark of an event unique in these islands.

We are keen to attract new participants to the Bard of Armagh Annual Festival of Humorous Verse. This unique competition offers up to £3000 in prizes each year. Held annually on the third Friday in November at the City Hotel in Armagh it is a sell out with 1000 tickets going within a few days, and represents the largest poetic gathering in Ireland.

As well as seeking new versifiers we would welcome interested groups to attend. We are able to do deals with local hotels and guesthouses for such groups, and will gladly forward a CD containing some of the epic poems to give an insight into what we are about. You will not be disappointed! Please visit our website


Over £3000 in prizes
The poem should be no more than 650 words and should not exceed 9 minutes performance time.
The poem must be the original work of the entrant. It should be humorous verse, suitable for family audiences and radio broadcast.
Each entry should be type written in English. It should have a detachable cover page stating clearly the entrant's name, address, telephone number and the title of the poem.
CD/Tape recorded entries are also encouraged.
There will be an entry fee of £2 for each poem.

Entries should be sent to:
Mr John Makem, 34 Fergort Rd, Derrynoose, Co Armagh, N. Ireland, BT60 3DN

Final closing date for entries is 1st October and competitors will be contacted by mid-October.
Finals will take place in the Armagh City Hotel on Friday 21 November 2014.
Tickets for the event will go on sale early September.


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