Arts Festival entries open

With the long summer evenings now upon us, it can only mean one thing…. Boyle Arts Festival 2014 is now only weeks away! And this is going to be one Festival to remember, as it marks our 25th anniversary. The Festival will open this year on July 24th and run until August 2nd. A very exciting, eclectic programme of events has almost been finalised and details will soon be announced, ahead of the official launch.

 In the meantime there are a few interactive items that may be of interest to you…


 BAF Open Art Submission exhibition

With the aim to provide a forum for artists who may find few opportunities to display their work, Boyle Arts Festival Open Submission Exhibition has grown from a base of talent to attract entries from all over Ireland, with the West being particularly strongly represented. The work is selected on merit and entries have been selected from part-time, full-time and occasional artists, giving a unique blend and standard of excellence. Entrants are judged for three overall prizes, as well as a prize for ‘The Most Promising Artist under 25.

This year the overall winner will be presented with the Sue Hill Perpetual Trophy.

Entry forms may now be downloaded at

Click on the ‘Visual Arts’ tab and select ‘Open Local Art’.

For clarification or further information contact Patricia Golden, Úna Bhán Tourism, Grounds of King House, Boyle, Co. Roscommon Tel: 071 96 63033 between 9am and 5pm, or email [email protected]

Works should be brought to Church of Ireland School, Boyle, (On the same road as the Garda Station and opposite the Family Life Centre) on Fri. July 4th and Saturday July 5th from 4pm to 6pm. All work should be original and never previously exhibited in Boyle.

€9 per piece of work (€6 per work concessions)
Maximum 3 entries per person (entry fee non-refundable)



 Boyle Arts Festival – Poetry Competition 2014.

Prizes: €500 First Prize and 4 x €50 highly commended

Closing Date June 20th

Shortlisted poems will be notified ahead of the awards, which will be held on Sunday 27th July 2014 in King House, Boyle at 7:30pm.



Entry: €5 per poem

An Entry form must accompany the poems and this can acquired by emailing [email protected]



Entrants may submit as many poems as they wish,

The name of the entrant must not appear on the poem itself,

Poems, in English must be the unpublished, original work of the author,

Poems must be printed on one side of A4 paper maximum length 40 lines,

Judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into,

Poems will not be returned.


We are delighted to announce that the poems will be judged this year, by Michael O’Dea


Michael was born in Roscommon town in 1955. He has published two poetry collections in Ireland, Sunfire (Dedalus Press, 1998) and Turn Your Head (Dedalus Press, 2003). In 2005 a chapbook, Felos AindaSerra, was published by Amastra-N-Galar in Galicia, Spain. Along with John O’Dea, he co-edited The Roscommon Anthology (Roscommon Literary Heritage Group)in 2013. Promoting poetry among young people, he published Slants, volumes of students’ poetry in the early nineties.

Over the years he has taught creative reading, given poetry workshops to students, writing groups, and in the prisons; and he has been judge and organiser of a number of poetry competitions.



Boyle Arts Festival will open on July 24th and run until August 2nd 2014.

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Boyle Arts Festival is supported by the Arts Council.

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