Saint Patrick Centre Maureen Donnelly Writing Competition

The Saint Patrick Centre is launching the Maureen Donnelly Memorial Writing Competition in 2024 to celebrate the life of Saint Patrick and explore what his writings and his life can tell us about our own world.

Maureen Donnelly was a long-standing Board Member of The Saint Patrick Centre. Born in County Antrim and resident in County Down, she dedicated much of her life to her passion of writing. Maureen’s first book Saint Patrick and his Associations with Saul and Downpatrick was published in 1972 and her most popular book The Nine Glens in 1974. Through the Saint Patrick Centre Maureen Donnelly Memorial Writing Competition we hope to honour Maureen’s dedication to literature.

The competition will be in two categories. The first is for Key Stage 3 as creative writing either in the form of a poem or essay. The prize is £400. The second is for Key Stage 4 (and above as an essay). The Prize is £600. Essays can be handwritten, although our preference is typed copy. All applications should be emailed by Friday the 8th March at 5pm to or posted to Saint Patrick Centre, Lower Market Street, Downpatrick BT30 6LZ.