BRITISH television favourite Sir Terry Wogan has penned a special limerick in honour of his beloved hometown.
The Co Limerick native saw his debut piece of poetic prose published this week – reflecting on his feelings for Shannonside, where he was born and raised.
"Friendship is Limerick's style
We invite you to stay a while,
Share our town, our history
Treaty Stone and our courtesy
I promise, you'll leave with a smile!"
While the stalwart of British television and radio broadcasting takes up the art of writing limericks late in life, he is encouraging everyone to take a stab at penning one of these brief comical poems.
A constant ambassador for his home county, where he helped launch the City of Culture’s Limerick’s Limericks Competition this month, Sir Terry hopes others will join him and reveal their love for their home in limerick form.
Here at The Irish Post we love a good limerick too and after reading Sir Terry’s offering we’re keen to see if any of our readers can do any better.
So send us your self-penned limerick about your favourite town or county in Ireland and we will publish some of the best ones we receive in next week’s edition of The Irish Post.
There’ll also be a prize for our favourite!
For those unfamiliar with the format, here’s a basic guideline…
A limerick must hold 5 lines
Line 1, 2 and 5 must rhyme
Three and four alone
Should rhyme on their own
Followed by a funny punch line
It’s as simple as that…
So there’s really excuse
Not to let your creativity loose
Capture what you love from home the most
Then send it to The Irish Post
If it’s good we’ll find a use!
We look forward to receiving your limericks.
Send your limerick about your favourite town or county in Ireland to The Irish Post in an email, with Limerick in the subject line, to [email protected]://http://irishpost.co.uk.
We’ll publish the best one in next week’s Irish Post and the winner will also get a free year’s subscription to The Irish Post. Closing date for entries is noon on Monday, August 18.