Hugh O'Flaherty Society Memorial Week Literary and Art Competitions - 2013

31 March, 2013

The 6th Hugh O’Flaherty Memorial Week will take place in Killarney between Sunday October 27th and Sunday November 3rd 2013.

The Hugh O’Flaherty Memorial Society has three elements to its Mission Statement – the third one of these is:

Through the Annual Hugh O’Flaherty Memorial Weekend we will ensure the continuous promotion of the inspirational story of the Monsignor, through various art forms i.e., Drama, Literature, Film and Art, etc.

For the past three years and again this year, the Memorial Weekend Programme will include a dramatic performance related to the event.  As in the 2012 Memorial Weekend, the Society is again going to extend further into its Mission Statement and include Literature and Visual Art.
 
This will be done through a series of open and confined competitions
NB: This year we have extended the Essay Competition into the Primary School category.

The Memorial Society invites entries across the five categories detailed below, embracing literature and visual arts (further categories may be added in future years). 

All entries will be independently assessed and a shortlist will be selected in each category which will be exhibited as part of the 2013 Memorial Week Programme.

From these short lists, one winner will be selected per category and the winner will receive a framed scroll and a cash award.

The Competitions open on Friday April 5th and from that date, the Rules & Conditions for each competition will be available on www.killarney.ie and on www.hughoflaherty.com  

Each entry must be accompanied by a completed Entry Form, a copy of which will also be available on www.killarney.ie or www.hughoflaherty.com  

Hard copies will be available from the office of the Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce, 2nd Floor Tourist Office, Beech Road..

The Categories and basic requirements for this year are:

•    Hugh O’Flaherty Open Art Competition
  • Entrants are invited to submit a painting or drawing which they believe represents the Monsignor as he went about his humanitarian work in Rome during the latter years of WW2.
  • Entries should not be framed.
  • Open competition
  • Lower age limit of 16 years (On the closing date for entries Sept 20th 2013)
•    Hugh O’Flaherty Secondary School Essay Competition
  • Entrants are invited to write an essay; no more than 750 words in length on a humanitarian theme in which you write about what you believe can be learned from Monsignor O’Flaherty’s selfless actions.
  • Confined to 2nd Level School Students (At date of submitting entry)
•    Hugh O’Flaherty Primary School Essay Competition
  • Entrants are invited to write an essay; no more than two handwritten or one typed page, on why Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty is considered a Hero.
  • Confined to Primary Level School Students – 5th & 6th Classes (At date of submitting entry)
•    Hugh O’Flaherty Open Essay Competition
  • Entrants are invited to write an essay on the theme of the Monsignor’s work and legacy and his inspirational example in today’s world. The adjudicators will be looking for entries that articulate a keen, imaginative sense of the Monsignor’s actions and your perspective on how his bravery of character can be pursued by a person, a community or by an organisation today. 
  • Lower age limit of 16 years. (On the closing date for entries Sept 20th 2013)
•    Hugh O’Flaherty Open Poetry Competition.
  • In 1994, Poet Brendan Kennelly penned a poem titled “Hugh O’Flaherty’s Trees”. This poem was specifically written to mark the planting of a Grove of Italian / Mediterranean Trees in Muckross Arboretum to commemorate the Monsignor. Entrants are invited to compose a poem on the theme of the Monsignor’s work and his legacy.
  • Open Competition
  • Lower age limit of 16 years.(On the closing date for entries Sept 20th 2013) 
•    Closing Date for Entries:
The Closing Date for receipt of entries for all categories is 5.00.p.m. on Friday September 20th 2013.

•    Literary Entries:
Literary Entries together with completed Entry Forms must be delivered by the above deadline in a sealed envelope to:

Hugh O’Flaherty Competitions
c/o Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce
2nd Floor Tourist Information Office
Beech Road
Killarney
Co. Kerry, Ireland

Alternatively, Entries and completed Entry Forms may also be submitted by the above deadline to jerry@killarney.ie

•    Art Entries (No Online Entry Option):
Art Entries together with completed Entry Forms should be delivered by the above deadline to:

Hugh O’Flaherty Competitions
c/o Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce
2nd Floor Tourist Information Office
Beech Road
Killarney
Co. Kerry, Ireland