Tapping into the Irish grá for a warm peat briquette fire and evoking memories of moments spent in its glow, the competition sparked incredible creativity, resulting in an eclectic mix of stories and images from all around the country. A whopping 800 short stories were submitted.
Bord na Móna is delighted to be donating proceeds from the sale of the book to Focus Ireland, who are working around the country to prevent homelessness and keep people warm this winter. Many of the stories shared with us were about the importance of being home, safe and warm by the fireside, thus highlighting the plight of those not able to do so.
One of the winners has become a storyteller in her own right since entering the competition: “It inspired me to enter a poetry competition and write a children’s book, I have to thank Bord na Móna!” – Ann O’Regan.
Speaking on behalf of Bord na Móna, Gerry O’Hagan, Head of Marketing, Communications and Innovation said: “Everyone has a right to a place they can call home. Focus Ireland were the ideal choice for Bord na Móna, many of the stories shared with us about the importance of being home, safe and warm by the fireside highlighted the plight of those not able to do so. We hope that the contribution from the book sales will have an impact on some less fortunate during the winter season.”
In response Focus Ireland’s Chief Executive Joyce Loughnan: “We are thrilled to have been chosen as Bord na Móna’s charity partner. And the book’s proceeds couldn’t come at a more crucial time, with the colder weather driving increased numbers of homeless people to our services across the country.”