Poetry Aloud - Poetry Speaking Competition 2014

Semi-finals of Poetry Aloud 2014

On Thursday and Friday, 20th and 21st November we look forward to welcoming students from all over Ireland to the library for the semi-finals of Poetry Aloud. With the total entries this year exceeding 1,750, the semi-finals will be very competitive.

Best of luck to everyone!

POETRY ALOUD is the poetry speaking competition open to all post-primary students on the island of Ireland. It is organised by the National Library and Poetry Ireland. This competiton is a celebration of poetry where students learn and speak a selection of poetry, both prescribed and individually chosen.

Poetry Aloud 2014 Application and Information  Poetry Aloud 2014 Application and Information..pdf (0.86 MB, Adobe PDF)

Read about POETRY ALOUD 2013

After seventeen regional heats and two semi-finals, the Poetry Aloud final for 2013 took place on Friday 6th December. From 1,500 entries, 31 students took part.  There was a great sense of excitement as we awaited the results.

Congratulations to the winners:

JUNIOR Category: Aoife Fitzgerald, St Michael's Holy Faith Secondary School, Finglas, Dublin 11.

INTERMEDIATE Category: Niall O' hAnnagain, Colaiste Ailigh, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.

SENIOR Category: Barry Pierce, St Colman's College, Fermoy, Co Cork.

OVERALL WINNER: Niall O hAnnagain.

Congratulations to the Runners -up:

JUNIOR Category: Alex Connolly, St Catherine's College, Armagh.

INTERMEDIATE Category: Rose Keating, St Angela's Ursuline, Waterford

SENIOR Category: Macdara McGuire, Colaiste Einde, Salthill, Co Galway.

Each of the winners received a cash prize and book tokens were presented to the teachers from the winning schools.

Overall Winner, Niall O h Annagian was presented with the perpetual trophy The Seamus Heaney Poetry Aloud Award by judge, Carmel Naughton.

The runners-up were presented with book tokens.

Well done to all who took part in the final - the judges, Maureen Kennelly, Director of Poetry Ireland,  Peter Sirr, poet and Carmel Naughton of the Naughton Foundation commended all students on their excellent performances.

Thanks to our host schools for running the regional heats and to the Linen Hall Library in Belfast and to the Mullingar Arts Centre for hosting heats, and to the teachers and parents who prepared the students.

Meanwhile, you might like to read the blog from Noel Bannon the teacher of the 2013 Overall Winner, Shauna Hession here:

To view performances from last year's competition here.

Overall winner Niall O hAnnagain

Overall Winner 2013 Niall O hAnnagain

What is Poetry Aloud?

Poetry Aloud is the annual poetry speaking competition organised by the National Library and Poetry Ireland. It is open to all post-primary school students on the island of Ireland.

The Poetry Aloud competition, run by the Library in conjunction with Poetry Ireland, has been honoured at a gala ceremony at the British Library in London at which poet Seamus Heaney was presented with the David Cohen Prize for Literature 2009 for a lifetime's achievement in literature.

In addition to winning the £40,000 award, the winner of the David Cohen Prize for Literature nominates the recipient of a subsidiary prize, the Clarissa Luard Award, worth £12,500. In nominating Poetry Aloud for the award, Seamus Heaney cited the extraordinary way in which the competition seeks to celebrate the joy of speaking and listening to poetry as well as the fact that there is a strong North/South dimension to the competition.

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