6th All Ireland Poetry Slam Championships

(Videos)

Winner: Seán Dennehy (Leinster)

30 November 2012

The sixth All-Ireland Poetry Slam Champion is Leinster poet Seán Dennehy. Congratulations! Second place went to Fergus Costello (Munster) and in third place was Peter Francis Fahy (Ulster). Thank you to all the organisers, to the judges Matthew Sweeney, Afric McGlinchey, Madeleine D’Arcy, Padraig Trehy and Conal Creedon. And to all who helped secure the prize monies, including generous donations from the Munster Literature Centre, Kevin Swords, Jessie Lendennie and Mary O’Connell.

A fantastic night of poetry, with 150 enthusiasts in the house, three nail-biting rounds of slam ending in a photo-finish between Fergus Costello’s 118 points (out of a possible 150) to Seán Dennehy’s 119. And all this followed by an excellent reading from Billy Ramsell and a vibrant open-mic run by Rab Urquhart. The videos follow beneath.

A special thanks to Stephen O’Riordan for all the excellent filming, and photos from the night which you can see on our facebook page here.

Seán Dennehy crowned as the 2012 Champion
 
 

2012 Competitors:

Connacht – Lisa Allen & Miceál Kearney
Leinster – John Cummins & Seán Dennehy
Ulster – Mel Bradley & Peter Francis Fahy
Munster – Cathal Holden & Fergus Costello
 
 
 
 

Previous All-Ireland Slam Champions:

2007: Ulster: McHugh’s pub Belfast – Brendan Murphy (Connacht)
2008: Munster: White House pub Limerick – Dónal Ó Siodhacháin (Munster)
2009: Connacht: Crane bar Galway – Seamus Fox (Ulster)
2010: Leinster: International bar Dublin – Colm Keegan (Leinster)
2011: Ulster: Sandino’s bar Derry – Séamus Barra Ó Súilleabháin (Connacht)

 


Videos of the Evening


Round 1


Cathal Holden (Munster)

Punk Poetry


Mel Bradley (Ulster)

Thursday Night Pain


Lisa Allen (Connacht)

The Writer


Peter Francis Fahy (Ulster)

Vampire


Miceál Kearney (Connacht)

Multi-Cultural Ethnic Diversity and all that other Stuff


John Cummins (Leinster)

talent


Fergus Costello (Munster)

Extracts From A Letter To The Fella That Used To Be Married To My Sister


Seán Dennehy (Leinster)

No Poetry


Round 2


Seán Dennehy (Leinster)

i am a man now


John Cummins (Leinster)

electric picnic


Peter Francis Fahy (Ulster)

Witch


Fergus Costello (Munster)

The Comeback King


Final Round


Fergus Costello (Munster)

The Session


Seán Dennehy (Leinster)

All I can


Awards


Prize-giving

3rd, 2nd and 1st place winners


Billy Ramsell


Billy Ramsell

Tomorrow, she whispered


Billy Ramsell

Half-Time


Billy Ramsell

Lament for Esbjörn Svensson


Open-Mic hosted by Rab Urquhart


Mikka

on the Jaw Harp


Julie Field

Jesus, Mary and Joe Duffy


India Barthomolue

Through my Eyes


Grant March

Who are you?


Bubba Shakespeare

Hip Hop is Class


Rosalin Blue

Ultra Modernity


Michael O’Callahan

Five Word poem – symbols, like, disturbance, toilet, crazy


Ciarán MacArtain

The Clear


Mikka and Rab Urquhart

Sting in the Tale


Mel Bradley

She dabbles in Pink


Niall Herriott

The Fall and the Rise and the Fall of Murphius


Seamus Harrington

The Hunters


Colm Scully

The Origin of Superlatives


Peter Francis Fahy

Council Housing


Peter Francis Fahy

A legend for Nicola


Mikka

on the Jaw Harp part 2


Conor McManus

I found God


Cal Doyle

No Inkling


Dan plus Emmett

Recycle