The Arts Council is pleased to announce that Paula Meehan has chosen her first selection for the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Award. Doireann Ní Ghríofa is the Bursary recipient for 2014-15. She is the first awardee of the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary to be chosen by Paula Meehan since her appointment as Ireland Professor of Poetry. Previous winners of the award include accomplished poets Jessica Traynor, Billy Ramsell, Dave Lordan, Miriam Gamble, Leanne O' Sullivan, Leontia Flynn, Maureen Boyle, Nick Laird, Iggy McGovern and Alice Lyons. The award is a major national honour and gives the winner four weeks at the famous Tyrone Guthrie artist's retreat in County Monaghan to concentrate on the creation of new work.