Valentine's Day Facebook Poetry Contest Launches at Dublin Writer’s Museum

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Today sees the official launch of a Facebook Poetry Contest for Valentine's Day at the Dublin Writer's Museum, Ireland. With 'love' as the central theme, the sponsors hope to tap into the 'creative seedbed' that the newly elected Irish President, Michael D Higgins, spoke about in his inaugural address; that instinct for the arts that the Irish have become so renowned for. 'Our successes...have been in our literature, art, drama and song...and in how that drama and song have helped us cope with adversity, soothed the very pain which they describe so well, and opened the space for new possibilities."

Holding the contest on social media allows for original and previously unpublished poems to be viewed and shared easily, offering a ready-made platform for any budding poet, but also reconnecting people with a passion for language. The contest is sponsored by, the online Irish portal for authentic, quality Irish goods and acclaimed Irish poet, Leanne O'Sullivan, will judge all submissions and select a winner.

Entering is simply a case of visiting on Facebook, reading the contest rules and then entering a love poem of no more than 40 lines in length. The contest is open to all those aged 18 or over and the deadline for submissions is 14 February 2012. The winner will receive a Traditional 10-Carat Gold Claddagh Pendant – showing a heart, adorned with a crown, held in a pair of hands. This and other authentic Irish products are available to buy online at

Leanne O'Sullivan, Irish poet and contest judge, says: "Valentine's Day seems to have been invented by a poet - the first reference to lovers finding their mates on this day comes from Chaucer's poem, The Parliament of Fowls. Therefore, it seems to me that the links between Valentine's Day and poetry are intrinsic. And what subject is more worthy of poetic inspiration than love? I am very much looking forward to reading the submissions for this contest, and I have no doubt that the work will explore with verve and creativity so many of the triumphs, frustrations, longings, and solaces that pertain to Cupid's arrow."

So get your creative hat on and earn lots of brownie points with your loved one this Valentines Day!

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For further details, including interviews and/or images, please contact:
Maebh Coyle (; Email: maebh(at)siopa(dot)com; Mob: 0860626005

*Editorial Note on was established in May 2011 as a result of an increasing demand from overseas customers for products that were handmade, authentic Irish goods. Set up by Irish internet entrepreneur, Lulu O’Sullivan, operates from an office in Dublin, Ireland, with 16 full time staff. is at the heart of Ireland, with access to some of the finest producers of traditional Irish crafts.

*Editorial Note on Leanne O'Sullivan:
The acclaimed Irish poet Leanne O'Sullivan will judge the Facebook poetry contest on behalf of Leanne was born in 1983 and comes from the Beara Peninsula in County Cork. She has published two collections of poetry with Bloodaxe Books, Waiting for My Clothes (2004) and Cailleach; The Hag of Beara (2009). She received the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary in 2009, and in 2010 was awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature.

*Both of the above are available for interview on request.


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