BOOKINGS HAVE CLOSED! Due to demand, we are unable to accept late applications. We will be in contact with parents who applied for a place by 19 June.

We are delighted to announce the schedule of FREE ONLINE summer camps at Fighting Words for 2020!

This year, due to the continuing advice from the Government to maintain social distancing, Fighting Words summer camps will be offered online to guarantee the safety of participants, facilitators and our volunteer team.

Operation Transformation: Keeping Well Apart

At the beginning of May Fighting Words were asked to take part in RTE's "Operation Transformation: Keeping Well Apart". Mark worked with the four families for the week, helping them to gain confidence in creative writing using different prompts and tasks. They worked toward writing one final piece each that they then read out on RTE. The pieces are a fantastic varied collection that capture something of each families' experience and approach to life in this strange way of existence we have all adopted. We have collected the full pieces below and hope you enjoy reading them:

Volunteering at Fighting Words: A Snapshot

The Fighting Words volunteers scurry to set up the screen and the data projector in the Bundoran Library. Anxiously, we count the number of volunteers on hand. Will you lead the brainstorming? Will you type? Has So-and-so been vetted yet? We need to recruit more volunteers!

The busload of primary-school students arrive at 10:30, and the brainstorming begins. What does it take, the Storyteller asks, to create a story? The students shout out their answers. Pencils and paper! Commas! Brains! The ideas flow faster than the typing, but the students begin to focus when their words appear on the screen. We need a plot! Dialogue! A beginning, a middle, and an end!

Young StoryKeeper!


1,256 Super Submissions!

Fighting Words and Great Lighthouses of Ireland have devoured every single one of the 1,256 stories, poems, illustrations, song lyrics and even stop-motion animations submitted for our Young Storykeepers initiative. They are simply fantastic!

Young Storykeeper

1,256 Super Submissions!

Fighting Words and Great Lighthouses of Ireland have devoured every single one of the 1,256 stories, poems, illustrations, song lyrics and even stop-motion animations submitted for our Young Storykeepers initiative. They are simply fantastic!


Let’s make a deal! When the current Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, we will go to shows, eat in restaurants, play sport, have parties and give granny a big kiss.

But until then: wash your hands, cough into your sleeve, maintain social distancing and make a book with us!

The Un-School Club

Share Your Writing With Us!

All the work included here has been produced by children aged 5 to 17 from all over Ireland. You will also find online workshops, videos and tips from writers to encourage you!

We Want Your Stories! Send Your Creative Writing to Fighting Words

Fighting Words is inviting children and young people to write and share their writing with us.Primary School Age Writers (Age 6-12): The Fighting Words Story-Starter

Scríbhneoirí Bunscoile (Aois 6-12): 'Story-Starter' Fighting Words

We have invented the Story-Starter, which we hope will spark your imagination and help you get started on a story.  You can change anything you want in the story - you don't have to include all the ideas generated in the Story-Starter.

Office Closed But We Are Open

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in line with Government guidelines, the offices of Fighting Words will be closed until further notice. All programmes in all centres and partner organisation locations are suspended for the time being.

We are offering many new online programmes and you can still contact our staff in the usual way.

Online Resources to Keep Young Writers Creating!

Friends of Fighting Words are offering the following to keep young minds engaged during the school closure period:

  • Fighting Words wants your stories! Call for submissions from writers at both primary and secondary level found here.
  • Writers of all ages are also welcome to participate in the Global Writing Lockdown! It's an intiative of writing centres for children around the world. Read all about it here.
  • The great folks at The Ark have lots of resources - head to their site for music, dance and much more!
  • Our friends at Brown Bag Labs have compiled great lists of educational resources and animation websites to keep young minds active and creative!
  • Primary school kids in 1st through 6th class can check out the daily Home School Hub on RTÉ television and on the RTÉ Player. There is even more fun learning games and activities on the RTÉ Learn page - including Fighting Words videos!


Fighting Words and Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) Clontarf and Clondalkin have enjoyed a fruitful relationship over the past year. 

In June 2019, we worked with the RT Drama Group from CRC Clontarf on the production of their play Phantasarie Deuxwhich was performed at the Players Theatre at Trinity College and at the Anam Festival at Dublin City University. 


With effect from 6pm on Thursday, 12 March:

All workshops and events are cancelled until 20 April to protect the health of all students, volunteers and staff.

This situation will remain under review. The closure may be extended in line with government advice with regard to the Covid-19 situation in Ireland.

The closure applies to ALL programmes that are scheduled to take place both at Fighting Words locations AND off-site locations.



Ón 6 a chlog tráthnóna Déardaoin, 12 Márta:

Tá gach ceardlann agus gach imeacht curtha ar ceal go dtí an 29 Márta d'fhonn sláinte ár ndaltaí, ár ndaoine deonacha agus ár bhfoireann a chosaint.

Coinneofar an cás seo faoi athbhreithniú. D'fhéadfaí fanacht dúnta níos faide ag brath ar chomhairle ón rialtas maidir le cás an Covid-19 in Éirinn.

Baineann an dúnadh seo le GACH imeacht atá beartaithe ag ionaid Fighting Words AGUS ag ionaid sheachtracha.

Calling all Senior Citizens in the Local Area…

GAA Museum and Fighting Words Need You for a New Project

As part of the GAA Museum’s programme of events to remember the tragic events of Bloody Sunday in Croke Park on November 21st, 1920 we are teaming up with the GAA to launch a new community project. If you like telling stories or have an interest in local history, then this is for you!

We are looking for local senior residents who would be interested in attending free writing workshops focusing on local history and stories.

Writing for Animation

'Writing for animation' was a four-month project in collaboration with animation students from Colaiste Dhulaigh. Over the course of three workshops, four young writers from Write Club created scripts for short animated films. These scripts were then taken on by teams of animation students from Colaiste Dhulaigh.

Fighting Words Chonamara!

Bhí lá mór againn i Ros Muc Dé hAoine seo caite, 17 Eanáir nuair a sheol Roddy Doyle Fighting Words Chonamara!

B'iad Rang a 6 as Scoil Éinne, An Spidéal a bhí i mbun pinn ar an lá agus bhain siad an-sult as an gceardlann. Buíochas mór le gach duine a tháinig amach.

Fighting Words Connemara was formally launched on Friday, 17 January by Roddy Doyle at Ionad Cultúrtha an Phiarsagh in Ros Muc. 

Changing Tides at The Gate!

Congratulations to all the young playwrights of Changing Tides, a powerful new work produced in collaboration with Fighting Words, World Vision Ireland and the Gate Theatre with support from Irish Aid.

Bravo to Aisling Murphy, Aoibhe Hegarty, Craig Maguire, Éabha Ní Fhearail and Jonathan Breen for this play on ending violence against children. 

First Fortnight 2020 at Fighting Words

As part of First Fortnight, the annual festival that raises awareness about mental health, challenges prejudice and works to end stigma, Fighting Words is hosting a workshop for young writers aged 14 to 17 years on Saturday, January 18th!

Character Connections

Where: Fighting Words, Behan Square, 12-16 Russell Street, Dublin 1
When: Saturday, 18 January 2020
Time: 11am to 1.00pm
Age Range: 14 to 17 years
Cost: FREE 

Yes, We Still Drink Coffee! Stories of Women Human Rights Defenders launched at the Dublin Book Festival

Noline Blackwell launched the recent Fighting Words and Front Line Defenders publication Yes, We Still Drink Coffee! at a sold out event at the Dublin Book Festival. The event also included readings by some of the writers involved in the publication.

‘Reading these remarkable essays is a jolt to the conscience. The women interviewed for this collection have chosen activism over apathy. They live with threats and fear, and confront them with courage. They are committed to highlighting injustices, campaigning for changes, often at great personal risk.’  - Monica McInerney, Foreword