Fighting Words and Children In Hospital Ireland - Launching Our Partnership on World Book Day!

Our first workshop with Children in Hospital Ireland was full of creativity and fun!

On Friday, March 9th author Sarah Webb and illustrator Philip Kennedy and the Children in Hospital Ireland team came together for a magical morning, helping young authors at Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin create a brand new story for World Book Day.

Fighting Words Goes Nationwide!

RTE's Nationwide featured Fighting Words on a recent episode! The piece featured the launch of The Search at our Dublin centre and with staff and volunteers visiting from  Fighting Words Belfast & Fighting Words Wicklow (with contributions from Fighting Words Cork). The Search is a book  written by four primary school classes from around Ireland as part of The Big Picture initiative with the Laureate na nOg.

The Nationwide piece also featured our new workshops in Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow as well as interviews with Fighting Words co-founder Roddy Doyle and Laureate na nOg PJ Lynch!


Fighting Words - In The News Around Ireland!

Both Fighting Words North West and Fighting Words Wicklow have been featured in the local press recently - in the Wicklow People and the Donegal Post.

Fighting Words has expanded to different locations around the country in the last three years, offering free creative writing workshops to children and young people in Belfast, Cork, Galway, Mayo, the Northwest (Donegal/Sligo/Leitrim) and Wicklow - with more locations on the way!

9th Birthday Party

At our recent 9th birthday party, we celebrated nine years of incredible stories and creativity, all made possible by our amazing volunteer writing tutors and story illustrators. 

Our longest-serving volunteers were presented with beautiful commemorative medals made by silversmith Séamus Gill and based on Jim Fitzpatrick's specially desgined Fighting Words logo. 

For more information about Séamus Gill's work, visit

The Big Story for The Big Picture: The Search Launched in Dublin!

A gripping thriller called The Search, written and illustrated by almost 100 Irish school children at Fighting Words workshops across the island of Ireland, was launched at Fighting Words in Dublin on Friday, 26 January 2018.

The Search was created as part of The Big Picture project, an initiative of Laureate na nÓg PJ Lynch in collaboration with Fighting Words and Fighting Words Belfast



It is with great sadness that we mourn our wonderful friend and former colleague Brian Ruane. Brian was a lifelong advocate for education and human rights, who did so much for so many. We offer our deepest sympathies to his wife Beth and daughter Saorla and the rest of Brian's family. We mourn together with them and Brian's wide circle of friends and colleagues from St Patrick's College/DCU, Trócaire and Amnesty International, among many others. May he rest in peace.