The Reminiscence Writing Competition in now complete and adjudicated and we are in a position to announce the names of the winners.
First a few words from our adjudicator – who is a highly respected local grammar school teacher who prefers to maintain anonymity – a preference which we respect…..
‘It has been an honour and a privilege to act as adjudicator for the Reminiscence Writing Competition for the Newry Journal. I congratulate all the winners!
This is a special type of writing – the story or the anecdote being much more important than the writing style. It has not been easy to judge. Every person’s story is equally valid. Some stories are admittedly of more universal interest than others. Some of us live fairly humdrum lives; others have had far more exciting times.
I especially enjoyed stories of hardship overcome. Equally important are those anecdotes which illustrate a life style shared by many people in the long ago. I enjoyed reading all of them.
Mindful that the object was to keep a free-flowing supply of reminiscences of Old Newry for the Newry Journal, I have tried to give special weight to those offerings that ran to more than one story – as suggested by the organisers.
I understand that Mr McCullagh will publish all the entries on Journal over the coming weeks. I do hope that my personal judgment coincides with yours. Where it does not, I appeal for understanding. It was a difficult call to make.
I was asked to find a FIRST : a SECOND: and a THIRD: and then to award a special prize for another entry. The prizes, courtesy of Mr Tom Kelly, to whom we are all very grateful are