Billy Collins & the Ballymaloe Prize

The Steven Barclay Agency :
Dear Kathryn Barcos, Associate Director,
It is my understanding that your Agency represents the poet Billy Collins.
Billy Collins is the judge for the *€10,000 *poetry prize (Ballymaloe)
administered by *Moth* magazine in Ireland. This Irish prize gets about
3,000 entries, according to “The Irish Times” magazine section. So far so
good.
But … hold on, Billy can’t read Irish (i.e., Gaelic)!
So we have a prestigious Irish poetry prize which in effect rules out all
entrants who write in Irish? *Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill* cannot enter, *Colm
Breathnach* cannot enter, *Louis de Paor* cannot enter, *Biddy
Jenkinson* cannot
enter, *Gabriel Rosenstock* cannot enter, *Gearóid Mac Lochlainn* cannot
enter, *Dairene Ní Chinnéide *cannot enter, *Proinnsias Mac an Bhaird* cannot
enter, *Seán Ó Leocháin* cannot enter, *Áine Uí Fhoghlú* cannot enter, *Áine
Ní Ghlinn* cannot enter, *Colette Ní Gallchóir* cannot enter, *Ailbhe Ní
Ghearbhuigh* cannot enter, *Liam Ó Muirthile* cannot enter, *Aifric Nic
Aodha* cannot enter, *Máire Mhac an tSaoi* cannot enter, *Séamas Barra Ó
Súilleabháin *cannot enter, *Derry O’Sullivan* cannot enter, *Art Ó
Maolfabhail* cannot enter.
I think Billy should be told about this.
Let’s see, who else can’t enter? How about *Seán Ó Curraoin*? No,
disqualified as another Untermensch. Not good enough. How about *Seán
Hutton, Aogán Ó Muircheartaigh, Bríd Dáibhís, Cathal Póirtéir, Colette Nic
Aodha*, *Críostóir Ó Floinn, Greagóir Ó Dúill, Liam Hodder, Liam Prut,
Máire Áine Nic Gearailt, Mícheál Ó Ruairc, Paddy Bushe, **Diarmuid Ó
Curraoin**?*
How about *Pádraig de Bhál, Pádraig Ó Fiannachta, Micheál Liostún, Pádraig
Ó Snodaigh, Pól Ó Muirí, Rita E. Kelly, Rody Gorman, Ruaidhrí Ó Tuathail.*
Why can’t they enter? They are
living Irish poets, no?
How about *Alan Titley*, *Caitríona Ní Chleirchín*? How about *Doireann Ní
Ghríofa? Ceaití Ní Bheildiúin? Mícheál Ó hUanacháin? Gearóid
Denvir?* *Tomás
Mac Síomóin?* * Peadar Ó* -
ah look, I think Billy would get the point at this stage?
He could do a great service to Irish and other minority languages
*by insisting that*
*a bilingual co-judge be appointed.*
Are you able to pass my message on to Billy Collins?
Please let me know.
Many thanks !!
Séamas Cain
http://www.priosma.net
http://seamascain-writernetwork.org
http://www. freewebs.com/seamascain
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