Writers supporting writers

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Writepace is delighted to announce the launch of its “Walls of Limerick” Mentoring Project, funded by the Arts Council. Following a rigorous application process, our ten mentees have been selected.

The project sought writers who have demonstrated a commitment to their craft but who, for whatever reasons, felt they were facing barriers to progressing. Now that we have selected our applicants, they will be offered:

* Free individualised mentoring from experienced writers.

* Free, fully funded participation in a bespoke weekend residency for writers, (or online equivalent) which will provide an intensive, highly supportive environment in which to develop and accelerate creative work on a specific writing goal.

* The opportunity to have their work edited, proofread and published in a special edition of Limerick literary journal, Silver Apples Magazine.

* Support from the Writepace member network – a Limerick-based co-operative for creative writers.

* Practical support for writing equipment and resources including laptop loan scheme.

Adedolapo Tunde-Muraina

Adedolapo Tunde-Muraina is a poet who lives in Borrisokane, Co Tipperary.

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Damian Trasha

Damian is a poet and he lives in Dublin.

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Donna Leamy

Donna Leamy is a scientist from Limerick who writes fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

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Holly Darragh

Holly Darragh-Hickey is an Irish poet, writer and artist.

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Innocent Iroaganachi

Innocent Iroaganachi is a writer and journalist who lives in Ennis, Co Clare.

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Kathryn Keane

Kathryn Keane writes fantasy, science fiction, poetry and essays.

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Patricia McKeon

Patricia McKeon is a writer of short fiction from Ennis, Co Clare.

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Rosaline Callaghan

Rosaline Callaghan is a poet who lives in Derry.

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Sarah Martin

Sarah Martin writes fiction and lives in Co. Wexford.

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Rap - Spoken word - Script writer

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Writepace is a writers' co-operative based in Limerick. We hold meetings (in person and online) to provide peer support, to mentor one another, to share writing strategies, to make progress on writing and to provide constructive feedback on our work in progress.

We've been in existence since 2016. Since then all our members have made significant progress on their creative work. Many have published novels, short stories, and poetry. Some have won or been shortlisted for awards, broadcast work, presented at conferences and facilitated workshops.

We are a voluntary group and while membership is limited, we are now aiming to develop our network and resource base to generate new ways of providing support to more creative writers interested in developing and publishing their work.
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Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

Founding member and co-ordinator

Sarah Moore Fitzgerald is an award winning teacher, researcher and novelist at the University of Limerick where she teaches creative writing.

Bob Burke

Founding Member

Author of the award winning Third Pig Detective Agency series, gamer, reader, movie fan, Chelsea FC, Munster Rugby, Kraftwerk, SF.

Noel Harrington

Founding Member

Noel Harrington's work has been published in The Stinging Fly, The Honest Ulsterman and Southword and broadcast on Sunday Miscellany.

Eoin Devereux

Director of Events

Eoin Devereux is an academic and author.

Dan Mooney

Dan Mooney is a novelist, amateur actor, occasional screenwriter, rugby commentator and air traffic controller from Limerick.

Gráinne O'Brien

Gráinne O'Brien is a writer, editor and book buyer and seller living in Limerick City.

Sheila Killian

Sheila Killian is an academic and author based in Limerick. Her first novel, Something Bigger, was published in 2021.

Jackie O'Shaughnessy

Jackie has a background in copywriting, advertising, clothes design. She works in UL. She is interested in all things artistic, especially crafts, photography & writing and has had contributions placed in local competitions and included in Connect Magazine, IMNDA and The Oghram Stone. She is currently working, (slowly), on a TV Series and a Play.

Geri Maye

Geri Maye is a presenter, broadcaster and writer based in Limerick

Vivienne McKechnie

Vivienne McKechnie holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Limerick. Her debut poetry collection, A Butterfly’s Wing, was published by Arlen House in 2013. Her poem, Letting Go, was published in Windharp, Poems of Ireland since 1916. She has edited two poetry anthologies and is an active member of the Limerick Literary Festival committee.

Kerry Neville

Kerry Neville has published two collections of short stories and is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the MFA and Undergraduate Creative Writing Program at Georgia College and State University.

Hilda McHugh

Hilda is the author of several novels.

Jo Gibney

Jo Gibney is a writer based in Limerick who was recently long-listed for the Sean Ó Faoiláin International Short Story Competition.

Cat Hogan

Cat Hogan is an award-nominated Irish Novelist and screenwriter from Co. Wexford

Pippa Slattery

Pippa Slattery has just completed the M.A. for Creative Writing at the University of Limerick.


Writepace membership is most suitable for people who: a) Are serious about their creative writing b) Want to practise their writing more regularly and with more support c) Are normally working on a piece of writing aimed for publication d) Are interested in constructive encouragement and feedback on their work in progress


Writepace meetings are generally designed for making real-time progress on current projects, reading and talking about snippets of work (where useful) and some focused chat and advice for members. Added to that mix is the option of peer-mentoring (individually arranged among members and outside of meeting time) and more recently the opportunity to participate in public readings. Membership is free and while places are limited we are now working on developing ways to broaden our reach and to connect with a wider diversity of talented writers who may be interested in joining.

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