CUR­R­A­CLOE POET RUTH IS WIN­NER OF KA­VANAGH AWARD

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THE CUR­R­A­CLOE-based poet Ruth Tim­mins is the win­ner of this year’s Pa­trick Ka­vanagh Po­etry Award for an un­pub­lished col­lec­tion of po­ems en­ti­tled ‘ The Hour An­gles’.

The judge Brian Lynch, who is stand­ing down as pres­i­dent of the Pa­trick Ka­vanagh So­ci­ety, said that of all the win­ners of the award since he took up of­fice in 2009, Ms Tim­mins, pic­tured left, is per­haps the most chal­leng­ing.

‘ The orig­i­nal­ity of her way of look­ing at the world re­quires the reader to work hard at her mean­ings but the fresh­ness of her vi­sion and her con­sid­er­able pow­ers of de­scri­p­ion re­wards close at­ten­tion,’ he said.

‘How her tal­ent de­vel­ops over the years, will, I hope prove yet again the value of the Ka­vanagh Award as a vi­tal step in the ca­reers of Ire­land’s most ex­cit­ing new po­ets’, he added.

Ruth Tim­mins was born in Dublin in 1974 and went to school in Wex­ford af­ter her fam­ily moved to the county. She re­turned to the city in the 1990s, and for 13 years she worked as a jour­nal­ist for var­i­ous pub­li­ca­tions.

She has been writ­ing po­etry since she was a young girl and now writes full time at her cot­tage in Cur­r­a­cloe where she lives with her eight-year-old son. She is as yet un­pub­lished.

This is the first year that the €1,000 prize has been spon­sored by the In­sti­tute of Ed­u­ca­tion.

The Pa­trick Ka­vanagh Fes­ti­val in County Mon­aghan at which the award was an­nounced was at­tended by the Min­is­ter for Arts and Cul­ture Heather Humphreys who con­grat­u­lated Ruth on her suc­cess.

Ruth’s poem Navvy Mare can be read on this page.

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