Ali Bracken Ziad wins the inaugural Eoin Murray Scholarship.

16 May 2018

Eoin Murray was a poet, a musician and a student of University College Cork who passed away suddenly due to underlying heart conditions on the 14th of August, 2015 at the age of 23. His family established the scholarship in association with the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences of University College Cork in honour of his life, and to support others like him in their creative endeavours. 

The Eoin Murray Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a student of the Arts BA in association with UCC.  The recipient is selected from a shortlist compiled by a judging panel which includes the UCC Writer-in-Residence, the Head of the School of English and lecturers in Creative Writing, the Librarian, and friends and family of Eoin Murray.

This year’s recipient, Ali Bracken Ziad, is a final year student in the BA in English. He is currently working on a debut chapbook and is a regular attendee of Ó Bhéal.  He is the current Munster Slam champion and finished fourth in the National Slam Poetry Championship.  Ali will receive €1500 and will submit a body of written work with an opportunity to perform the work at Eoin’s annual tribute night in Cork City. 

Read more about Eoin and the scholarship at

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