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Following our AGM last year the committee drew up a calendar of events for the year 2010 which was to include away readings and other events.

On Friday 5th March the first reading took place in the Turtle Tavern with the theme ‘The Wave’ and the adjudicator was Noelle Lynskey. The winning poet for this reading was Wiltrud Duell, Woodford.

On March 28th BAFFLE took part in Feile Rafteri and the venue this time was the Green Room, where many BAFFLE members took part, including James Kennedy singing his way through ‘Anois teacht

an Earraigh’.

On the 9th April BAFFLE headed for the Italian quarter for a night out in Amigo’s Restaurant. Bafflers recited their favourite poem, ate good food and consumed a little wine.

On Friday 30th April a BAFFLE contingent travelled to Strokestown, Co. Roscommon to support Ian McDonald who had been shortlisted for the Percy French satirical verse award. Ian won second prize and he was afterwards contacted by Mid West Radio (by popular demand!) to recite his poem on air.

Ian took this opportunity to promote BAFFLE to the people of Longford and Roscommon.

Sunday 16th May BAFFLE took part in the Maple Poets’ Picnic. The venue was just outside Woodford in a beautiful setting of lakes and wildlife. Wiltrud Duell was our genial host and the readings in her garden were most memorable.

July 30th took us to Craughwell where Ann Marie Kennedy and Stephen Shields organised a reading in Raftery’s Bar – The theme for this night being ‘Not at the Races’. This event was arranged to honour the memory of Seamus Matthews, a deceased member of BAFFLE. Eamonn McNally presented his widow, Rene, with framed poems written by Seamus. Winner on the night was Noelle Lynskey.

On the 14th August BAFFLE took to a ‘Trip to the Kip’ for a guided tour of the city with Vinnie Caprani. The tour started in the Pro Cathedral and finished in the Confession Box, the latter being a famous pub in Dublin. This was followed by a reading and dinner in the Gresham Hotel where the group stayed overnight.

Baffle members attended workshops, art exhibitions and readings at the Portumna Arts Festival on 17th to 20th September.

On Friday 24th September a BAFFLE fundraising dance was held in The Loughrea Hotel.

The Classic Beetles provided the music which made for a nostalgic night for all Beetle fans.

Also this year BAFFLE took part in and helped promote The Zombie Walk run by Loughrea

Tidy Towns Association on the weekend of the festival.

The BAFFLE Festival 2010 took place from October 22nd to 24th

Message from the Chair:

I would like to thank the committee for all the hard work they put in during the year. It has been a pleasure working with you all.

Siun who keeps meticulous minutes of every meeting throughout the year.

Pat Lawless for taking care of the Baffle purse strings.

Ian for all his work on the web site keeping it up to date with photographs, news, Poems of the Month.

Mary Ida and Perlie for their continued work securing funding for Baffle through the ‘friends’.

Stephen for his work reporting BAFFLE events in the Connacht Tribune.

Geraldine for her ideas and confidence.

Lucy who is our contact with Poetry Ireland.

Ann Marie Kennedy, our newest member, for the great strength and humour she has added to the meetings. And last word to Al for his hilarious comments during the year even though sometimes they may have been a little ‘stinging’ on some Bafflers.

-- Finuala McNally



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