Hall of Fame for south Armagh bard Marie McCartan

October 2, 2012

South Armagh bard Marie McCartan from Forkhill will be the recipient of the 2012 prestigious Gerry Watters Hall of Fame Award at the Bard of Armagh Competition in the Armagh City Hotel on Friday 16 November. Marie is following in the footsteps of bard icons and previous awardees, Michael Quinn 2009, Patsy O Hagan 2010, and Pat McGeeney 2011.

Marie, who has had her own book of poems published, has been one the outstanding female Bards since the competition began nineteen years ago.  In the very first and most memorable Bard event in the Trap, Keady in 1995 she performed ‘The Keady Man’ and made consistently excellent contributions over the following years.

A spokesperson for the festival said that Marie Mc Cartan was  a personality with a refreshing and competent style of delivery. She had the ability to select themes from everyday happenings and transform them into verse of the highest quality in keeping with the great south Armagh tradition. All her entries over the years have been carefully crafted with the focus on honest, wholesome humour, ever inventive and ever artistic.

Her entries in the Bard competition are as follows:  1995 – The Keady Man,  1996 – Killing Rats , 1997 – Triple Trouble, 1999 Down on the Farm,   2001 – Lack of Identity,  2002 – Fowl Deeds,  2003 – The Fairy Tree,  2006 – The Mammy,  2007 – Water Problems