Thursday, November 15, 2018

AN Abbeyleix woman has won an award for one of her stories featured in this year’s Ireland’s Own 2018 Anthology of Winning Irish Short Stories.

Philomena Flanagan took the winning prize in the ‘memories’ category with her story Homing pigeon, in which a daughter seeks to follow in her late father’s footsteps.

Since it was first published in 1902, Ireland’s Own has fostered new and inexperienced writers. It celebrates storytellers and offers a window into the lives of others. The short story form has long been hugely popular and has produced exponents such as Liam O’Flaherty, Mary Lavin, Maeve Brennan and Frank O’Connor

The Ireland’s Own 2018 Anthology of Irish Winning Short Stories features 39 stories selected from more than 500 entries. 

Philomena Flanagan features prominently in the collection with two pieces. 

Ireland’s Own has appeared for nearly 120 years and has run successful competitions for new writers for more than 30 years. This is the ninth anthology of short stories.

Editor of the anthology Phil Murphy said: “These short story and memoir winners are among many thousands of writers in Ireland and abroad, whose immense talent deserves a big platform and a wordwide audience.” 

The Ireland’s Own 2018 Anthology of Winning Irish Short Stories is published by Three Sisters Press and retails at €14.99 and is widely available through bookshops or on the internet @

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By Joe Barrett
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