Seven Sugar Cubes……..

What they had to say……..

“In this quiet but powerful and deeply-felt, engaging memory poem, Clodagh Beresford Dunne, in a series of clear-sighted questions avoids sentimentality and vividly evokes relationships, place and loss. Beresford Dunne creates in the poem's final lines a wonderfully life-affirming, unusual, sensuous image of continuity and love. Here’s a true voice, a true maker of poems.”

— Niall MacMonagle*
*Niall McMonagle is one of Ireland’s leading commentators on poetry. Founder of the poetry-speaking nationwide initiative Poetry Aloud, his credits include the recent Irish poetry anthology, Windharp, bestselling Lifelines anthologies as well as the Senior Cycle Curriculum “Poetry Now” textbooks, Real Cool, Outside In, Slow Time and Off the Wall.

“I’ve decided that "Seven Sugar Cubes" by Clodagh Beresford Dunne is to be my winner. I just keep returning to that one with its theme and beautiful closing image of the horse running. Please pass on my congratulations and best wishes to her. She thoroughly deserves it.”

— Richard Skinner
(Extract from the Adjudication Notes of Richard Skinner, The Faber Academy, London)


Clodagh Beresford Dunne was born in Dublin and raised in the harbour town of Dungarvan Co. Waterford, in a local newspaper family. She holds degrees in English and in Law and qualified as a solicitor, in 2001. During her university and training years she was an international debater and public speaker, representing Ireland on three occasions, at the World Universities Debating Championships. Her poems have appeared or are upcoming in Irish and international publications including; POETRY (Chicago), The Irish Times, Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly, Southword, The Moth, Woven Tale Press (NY), Pittsburgh Poetry Review and Spontaneity and have been broadcast , or due to be broadcast on RTÉ’s Poetry Programme and Sunday Miscellany, and Prosody Literature programme WESA, Pittsburgh, USA. She was the recipient of two Arts Council of Ireland awards, including the 2016 Emerging Writer Bursary, and also a number of Literature awards and residencies from Waterford City and County Arts Office and Artlinks. In April, 2016 she delivered a series of readings, interviews and lectures, in Robert Morris University and Carlow University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, as part of Culture Ireland’s International Programme. In February, 2017, as part of the AWP Conference and Book Fair in Washington, DC, she participated in a reading and discussion panel: “A World of Their Own” (five female poets in cross-cultural conversation) with US poets, Jan Beatty and Tess Barry, Irish poet, Eleanor Hooker, and Lebanese poet, Zeina Hashem Beck. Her poem “Seven Sugar Cubes” (first published in The Irish Times, in April, 2017) was voted Listowel Writers’ Week “Irish Poem of the Year” at the 2017 Irish Book Awards. In March 2018 she travelled to Monmouth University’s, N.J., USA, as part of the university’s Visiting Writers’ Series. She lives in Dungarvan with her husband and four young children.



Clodagh’s poetry is stellar, riveting, and from the heart. Hers is a necessary voice, one which brings courage and hope to her readers and listeners.

— Jan Beatty

Clodagh Beresford Dunne is a writer of immense seriousness and purpose. Her poems announce a new vision to us, a new vortex of energy that localises human experience and domesticates genius.

— Thomas McCarthy


External Poetry Links / Audio

For more poems, please see the poems page

Irish Times – Seven Sugar Cubes

Irish Book Awards Website

Irish Time – Book Awards Winners

RTE Radio Poetry (skip to 21:45 for Clodagh)

The Pickled Body



Irish Times Feature on Spontaneity 2/2/17