Bring Your Limericks to Limerick 2018 winner is Jim McLeod. Lisa Gibbons Festival Director, Dominic Taylor Limerick Writers’ Centre; Jim McLeod Winner 2018 Bring your Limericks to Limerick competition; Myles Breen MC for the event. Picture: Chris Barr
Jim McLeod crowned the winner of Bring Your Limericks to Limerick 2018
The final of this year’s Bring Your Limericks to Limerick international poetry competition took place on Saturday night upstairs in Dolans Music Venue. The unanimous winner this year was Florida native, Jim McLeod, who walked away with the first prize of €500.
Jim who has lived in Limerick for the past 25 years now resided in Monaleen Heights, Castletroy. He first came to Limerick on a ‘house swap’ holiday, and he and his wife and family loved it so much they are still here.
An antique and fine art dealer by trade, Jim doesn’t normally write limericks but having spotted a poster advertising the event he decided to give it a go.
His winning limerick he called ‘The Stable Genius’ and was about Donald Trump. Winning the competition with his anti-Trump limerick gave him great satisfaction and if Trump is still in power this time next year he vows to take up the pen again and take another swipe at the Trumpster!
His winning limerick:
A president famed for his spite
Tweeted “I am outstandingly bright.
I’d be perfectly able
To muck out any stable.
Because I am a genius at shite.”
This year Bring Your Limericks to Limerick 2018 Festival is in its sixth year, and took place from August 24th to 26th. Over the past six years, the festival has grown in size both in terms of the audience as well as the performers. This year’s festival is promised to have a fantastic line-up of storytelling, competition and both writing and poetry workshops.
The Bring Your Limericks to Limerick 2018 Festival is supported by the Limerick Writers’ Centre and Global Limerick, with its main aim to make both poetry and creative writing more accessible to the wider public. Bring Your Limericks to Limerick 2018 competition invites people worldwide to come and participate in the festival and also helps achieve their mission to make the arts more accessible to the general public.
Every year they invite the public to send in their original Limericks for the competition. Each Limerick is judged by a panel of experts, with the best Limerick winning an amazing €500 prize.
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