Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards

Congratulations to Sarah Webb, who won Children’s Book of the Year (Junior)  with her book A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea: Favourite Rhymes from an Irish Childhood  illustrated by Steve Mc Carthy a the recent  Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards. Also nominated in the...

Competition Winners 2017

We are delighted to announce the winners of our writing competition at Write By The Sea 2017 are: Non-Fiction:    Nanny Water Cottage by Theresa Ryan Fiction: Island by Marie Noonan Poetry:  Island Paradox by Mary Kavanagh Details of when the winning entries will be...

Limerick Competition 2017

Congratulations to Bríd O'Meara the winner of the limerick competition at Write By the Sea 2017. Bríd received a voucher for a stay in Kelly's Resort Hotel. Runners up were Margaret Hawkins and Mary Kavanagh. Well done to all! Read the winning entries here:     The...


We are delighted to announce that the third Write By The Sea Festival will take place from Friday, September 28th to Sunday, September 30th 2018. Further details will be announced in the near future.  

Room To Write – December

Linked to our Write By The Sea festival, the next Room to Write takes place in the Stella Maris Centre, Kilmore Quay on Saturday, December 9th and provides opportunities to writers to write, to consult writing resources, to read, to connect with other writers in a...

Festival Writing Competition

We are delighted to offer a writing competition to attendees as part of the Write By the Sea Festival this year.  The winning entry will be broadcast on RTE Radio 1 Seascapes programme presented by Marcus Connaughton. Before you put pen to paper, please read the...

Writing Competition

Ever dreamed of having your prose or poetry read out to the nation? Winning entries in our writing competition will be read our on RTE Radio1’s Seascapes.  The competition is open to all festival ticket-holders.

Stella Maris Centre,
Kilmore Quay

In the heart of Kilmore Quay, the Stella Maris Centre will host the 2017 Write By the Sea Festival.  Kilmore Quay is a picturesque fishing village in the Sunny Southeast corner of Co. Wexford, only 25minutes from Wexford town.


Only twenty-five minutes from Rosslare Europort & Wexford town, this corner of South County Wexford is a tranquil getaway with plenty of local B&Bs and self-catering options for you to choose from.


The story so far….Photos and comments from previous festivals.


Room To Write

Linked to our Write By The Sea festival, Room to Write takes place in the Stella Maris Centre, Kilmore Quay on the second Saturday of every month.


Write By The Sea, a festival of writing and reading will take place for the second time in Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford from Saturday September 30th to Sunday October 1st 2017, after an opening reception on Friday, September 29th.

The theme of this year’s festival is Our Island Heritage, an appropriate choice given that the Saltee Islands lie a mere three miles offshore from Kilmore Quay.

The Write By The Sea Festival will focus on delivering a stimulating and entertaining programme of workshops, readings, conversation, and interviews. The festival will include a special writing competition based on the festival’s theme, and the RTE Radio1 programme Seascapes have once again agreed to broadcast the winning entry.

Write By The Sea 2017 will also host a Festival Club, which will combine music, song and drama. Other fringe events include yoga, meditation walks along the sea shore, and a-room-to-write facility.

Kilmore Quay is already recognised as an inspirational location for creative people across all Arts genres, and Write By The Sea is intended to reinforce and develop that. The festival will appeal to beginners, young and old, as well as experienced writers. Keen readers will also have the opportunity to meet and listen to authors talk about their work.

Write By The Sea is kindly supported by our sponsors listed below.