Monday 1st February 2021, 10:00am - Wednesday 31st March 2021, 10:00am



University Concert Hall is delighted to announce that the venue will be hosting the first Fighting Words Limerick programme in 2021!

What is Fighting Words?

Established in Dublin in 2009 by Roddy Doyle and Seán Love, Fighting Words is a hugely successful creative writing programme that aims to help children and young people to discover and harness the power of their own imaginations and creative writing skills.

While introducing children and young people to the magic of writing, Fighting Words is also about something much broader and more inclusive. It is about using the creative practice of writing and storytelling to strengthen our children to be resilient, creative and successful shapers of their own lives.

Fighting Words is headquartered in Dublin but runs programmes in 15 locations on the island of Ireland, partnering with arts and cultural institutions and libraries to deliver workshops locally.

How Does It Work?

Fighting Words offers free, two-hour workshops to individual classes of primary school children which, in these times, are delivered virtually to classrooms via an online platform such as Zoom.

All Fighting Words programmes are run by teams of trained and Garda vetted volunteer writing mentors. Class teachers act as partners to the team during the workshop but the session is led by the team!

We will begin the workshop by working all together as one group, building up a story together. The group story document will be displayed on the screen by one of the Fighting Words Limerick team. After working as a group for the first half, we invite the children to begin individual writing, finishing the group story or creating something totally new as they wish.

For this part, while we work from home, the children will be divided into breakout rooms with two of our mentors. We will allow approximately 30 minutes for this part and then invite students to share what they have created.

The first half of the story will be published on the Fighting Words website – – for all to see!

Booking Information

If you are interested in taking part in these workshops, please request an application form by emailing


During this pilot phase workshops will be limited and will be accommodated on a first come first served basis.

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