It’s Ireland’s only ‘county magazine’ and one of the longest running annuals in the country and this year the Leitrim Guardian celebrated its 45th edition with a gala evening in Carrigallen’s Kilbrackan Arms Hotel.
Special guests on the night were the Leitrim Guardian People of the Year 2013 - joint winners Olympians Colin Griffin and Laura Reynolds.
Last year’s winners, Carrigallen’s Corn Mill Theatre, represented by Gus Ward, were on hand to pass on the trophy. Speaking following the presentation, Colin Griffin noted that his father had received the award back in 1979 “long before I was born” adding that he was delighted to be one of this year’s recipients.
“2012 was an exceptional year for both myself and Laura. We not only got the chance to represent our county but also our country and the support we received before, during and after the Olympics was exceptional,” he said.
Fellow Award winner, Laura Reynolds described the award as “a great honour”.
“The support we received county wide over the last year has been phenomenal. It’s something I’ll never forget,” she said before she and Colin officially launched the 2013 edition of the Leitrim Guardian.
Special literary award winners were also on hand to receive their awards and our own Moone Boy - Carrigallen actor, David Rawle brought proceedings to a humourous end with a recitation of Roald Dahl’s ‘Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf’.
Winner in this year’s awards include: Poetry, sponsored by Gabriel Cronin, Dental Technician: 1st Conor McManus - Long John; 2nd Kevin Patrick - EFYM and 3rd Maire Bn Ui Giollarua - An Traen Gaile. Young Writers, sponsored by Gallagher’s Boxty House and Carrick Cineplex: Primary Gaeilge: 1st Caoimhe Nig Ualghairg; 2nd, Maitú Ó Conghaile; Primary English: 1st, Olivia Parkinson-Coombs; 2nd, Odhran King; Post Primary: 1st, Siobhan Mulvey; 2nd, Étáin Sweeney Keogh.
The Leitrim Guardian Literary Award sponsored by Frances Kelly, Sligo Estates was won by Gerry Kilrane for his piece on William Henry Drummond. Ursula Deane took out top honours winning the Leonard Perpetual Trophy and the MJ McManus Literary Award sponsored by Drino for ‘Daffodils for Bela’.
The organising committee would like to thank everyone who contributed to this year’s magazine from photos to drawings, poems to prose. Thanks also to those who compiled, designed and printed the magazine and to those who have been so industrious in promoting and selling copies of the Leitrim Guardian around the globe over the last 45 years.
The 2013 Leitrim Guardian is now available county-wide for just €12. You can also purchase it on-line for postage to anywhere in the world through the website www.leitrimguardian.ie. The annual will also be available through the usual sellers in the UK and America.
• See next week’s Leitrim Observer for more photos from the launch of the Leitrim Guardian.