Thanks to our judges Gene Barry & Maire O’Halloran who had a very hard job on Sunday night deciding on the winners. If you would like to read some of the winning original poems click here.
We hope you enjoy reading the winning entries.
For the Irish, emigration was like death. People saw little difference between going to America and going to the grave so unlikely were they ever to return. An American Wake brought the community together to help the family cope with the grief of parting and to go on living, no matter how great the loss by giving both the emigrants and those left behind a night to remember for the rest of their lives.