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Welcome to the Munster

Literature Centre

Founded in 1993, the Munster Literature Centre (Ionad Litríochta an Deiscirt) is a non-profit arts organisation dedicated to the promotion and celebration of literature, especially that of Munster. To this end, we organise festivals, workshops, readings and competitions. Our publishing section, Southword Editions, publishes a biannual journal, poetry collections and short stories. We actively seek to support new and emerging writers and are assisted in our efforts through funding from Cork City Council, Cork County Council and the Arts Council of Ireland.

Originally located in Sullivan's Quay, the centre moved to its current premises in the Frank O'Connor House (the author's birthplace) at 84 Douglas Street, in 2003.

In 2000, the Munster Literature Centre organised the first Frank O'Connor International Short Story Festival, an event dedicated to the celebration of the short story and named for one of Cork's most beloved authors. The festival showcases readings, literary forums and workshops. Following continued growth and additional funding, the Cork City - Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award was introduced in 2005, coinciding with Cork's designation as that year's European Capital of Culture. The award is now recognised as the single biggest prize for a short story collection in the world and is presented at the end of the festival.

In 2002, the Munster Literature Centre introduced the Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Prize, an annual short story competition dedicated to one of Ireland's most accomplished story writers and theorists. This too is presented during the FOC festival. The centre also hosts the Cork Spring Literary Festival each year.

Workshops are held by featured authors in both autumn and spring, allowing the general public to receive creative guidance in an intimate setting for a minimal fee. In addition, the centre sponsors a Writer in Residence each year.

We invite you to browse our website for further information regarding our events, Munster literature, and other literary information. Should you have any queries, we would be happy to hear from you.













Eileen Sheehan


Eileen Sheehan is from Scartaglin, Co. Kerry, now living in Killarney. Her first collection, Song of the Midnight Fox (Doghouse Books) was published in 2004. She is the winner of the inaugural Writer's Week Listowel Poetry Slam (2004) and the Brendan Kennelly Poetry Award (2006). She is on the Poetry Ireland Writers in Schools Scheme and has been employed by County Kerry VEC teaching Creative Writing at Killarney Technical College. Anthology publications include The Open Door of Poetry (Ed Niall MacMonagle), Winter Blessings by Patricia Scanlan, Our Shared Japan (Dedalus Press), TEXT - A Transition Year English Reader (Ed Niall MacMonagle/ The Celtic Press) and The Watchful Heart: A New Generation of Irish Poets (Salmon/2009). In April she read at The National American Conference for Irish Studies in the USA. Her second collection, Down the Sunlit Hall, was launched in 2008. She is the current Poet in Residence with the Limerick County Council Arts Office.


Down the Sunlit Hall, Eileen Sheehan


Author Links

Eileen Sheehan at Irish Writers Online

Eileen Sheehan Wiki

View a reading by Eileen Sheehan on YouTube


Read Issue 25A
featuring the winners
and shortlisted poets of
the Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry

Southword Journal

Read Southword Journal




Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition

Seán Ó Faoláin
Short Story

Open to entries
May - July




Cork International Short Story Festival

The Cork
Short Story Festival

16 - 20 September, 2014




frank oconnor

The Frank O'Connor
International Short Story Award

the world's richest prize for
a short story collection




Poetry International: Ireland

alan jude mooremacdara woods

MLC produces the Irish section
of this prestigious poetry site.
Current poets:
Alan Jude Moore & Macdara Wood




Writing Workshops
at the MLC





Anthologies & Translations

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The Munster Literature Centre

Frank O'Connor House, 84 Douglas Street, Cork, Ireland.

Tel. (353) 021 4312955 Email

Irish Registered Charity No.12374