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A Gaelic Quatrain for Steven McDonald

Forgiveness --

It confirmed your saintliness

To people needing heroes.

The world owes you endlessness.

The Hedgemaster Archives is our link to our heritage. Please browse our rich collection of Irish culture and history to learn some more of our lineage. We have significantly added to our collection, so take a look at the new additions! 


Contest Details

The Annual Writing Contest is named in honor of Martin J. Kelly, a founding member of the society and its past president for 23 years until his passing on July 2, 2015.

To learn more about Martin, please click here.

2020 Writing Contest Underway

Welcome to the Martin J. Kelly Writing Contest!

COVID-19 UPDATE: We have decided to modify our contest due to the global pandemic. We have created Contest A and Contest B for the 2020 Writing Contest. All entries received by March 24th were judged as part of Contest A. Click here to see the winners. We believe there are many written, but un-mailed entries out there yearning to be judged. Therefore, we are continuing to accept entries for Contest B.

This year, our contest will challenge students to incorporate Early Modern English phraseology in a contemporary setting, such as rewriting school rules using words like vouch and attainted and referring to the principal as the seneschal.  As an example of Early Modern English vocabulary and usage, we are providing the text of the Statutes of Kilkenny (1367), which were laws imposed upon Ireland by England. 

The contemporary rules will come from school rules, sports rules, club or family rules or any set of regulations with which the entrant wishes to play.  Briefly put, we ask students to rewrite today’s regulations in 14th century English.  Easy?  No.  Fun?  Yes!


We will honor the winners and their families and the teachers who had so much to do with their success. Join us as we express our appreciation to teenagers who took up our challenge and to our sponsor, The H.W. Wilson Foundation