28 Jan 2022

Longford students at the helm of prestigious third level publication

Pictured is the ROPES publication team which includes Longford natives David Macken (back row, second from the right) and Emma Murtagh (middle row, second from the left).
Two Longford students have been at the helm of a very prestigious third level publication recently as part of their MA in Literature and Publishing at NUI Galway.

Two Longford students have been at the helm of a very prestigious third level publication recently as part of their MA in Literature and Publishing at NUI Galway.

ROPES, the literary journal compiled annually by students of the course at the west of Ireland third level institute and developed this year by Longford duo David Macken and Emma Murtagh will be launched by Galway poet Sarah Clancy on April 26 next at 5pm in the city.

“The journal is being launched as part of the Cúirt International Festival of Literature,” said Ms Murtagh, who hails from Colehill and is the daughter of John and Evelyn. “This was the 21st year of the journal’s publication and we are all delighted with the way in which it turned out. Every aspect of the publication of ROPES is managed by the students of the MA in Literature and Publishing and it has provided us with invaluable practical experience, and the opportunity to explore different areas of the publishing industry. It has been a challenging experience but, ultimately, very rewarding and we are all very excited about the 
upcoming launch.”

The former pupil of Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon went on to say, that, the work contained within the publication explored the theme of ‘Coming of Age’. “The theme is achieved through a collection of poetry, prose and artwork from an international gathering of writers and artists,” she added. “The publication of ROPES has given us all the opportunity to become more involved in the vibrant arts and culture scene of Galway. We have received a huge level of support from the university, local businesses and from the Cúirt International Festival of 
Literature. This has made us all the more eager to ensure that this year’s ROPES is the most successful yet. We want to give something back to the community that has given so much to us by supporting Jigsaw, a charity that is very much at the heart 
of the city.”

David is from Kilmore, Clondra and is the son of Patrick and Patricia Macken. He attended St Mel’s College, Longford before embarking on his studies at NUIG. ROPES contributors include Moya Cannon, Louis de Paor and Askold Melnyczuk. Priced at a very reasonable €10, all 
proceeds from the sale of the publication will go towards Jigsaw Galway which is a free and confidential support service for young people aged 15–25 living in Galway city 
and county.

Copies of the journal will be available at the launch and online and in Galway bookshops. Email for more details of reserve a copy by clicking the Paypal Buy Now button on Facebook page or log onto Copies will be posted out subsequent to 
the launch.

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