Poetry Aloud 2019 - Poetry Speaking Competition

 Poetry Aloud Final 2019! 

Students travelled from  Antrim, Armagh, Clare, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Kilkenny, Laois, Louth, Monaghan, Sligo, Tipperary and Wicklow to take part in this year's Poetry Aloud final on Friday 6 December.

Poetry Aloud is the annual poetry speaking competition for post-primary school students across the island of Ireland. It comprises of regional heats, semi-finals and the national final. From 1600 entries, 28 took part in the final in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior categories.

The 2019 judging panel comprised of Director of Information Services and University Librarian at University College Cork, John FitzGerald;  Poet and film maker, Luke Morgan; and Director of Poetry Ireland, Maureen Kennelly.

Poetry Aloud 2019

The 2019 Poetry Aloud national winners were:
• Junior category: Ellie Reynolds, Lismore Comprehensive School, Craigavon, Co. Armagh

• Intermediate category: Lara McDonnell, The King's Hospital School, Dublin

• Senior category: Michael Tient, Marino College, Dublin

Overall Winner:  Ellie Reynolds

The 2019 Poetry Aloud runners-up were:
• Junior category: Siollan Doran, Lismore Comprehensive School, Craigavon, Co. Armagh

• Intermediate category: Murray Sheehan, St.Gerard's School, Bray, Co. Wicklow

• Senior category: Seán Mac Curtáin, Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn, Clonmel,  Co. Tipperary

Book tokens were presented to the category runners-up.

Ellie was chosen as overall winner and awarded the Seamus Heaney Poetry Aloud Award. The perpetual trophy is designed by Meath-based sculptor Fiona Smith-Darragh. The overall winner receives an additional €300.
Each winning school receives €300 in book tokens for the school library.

New to Poetry Aloud?

All details regarding the competition are on the Entry form:

If you have enquiries, email us at: poetryaloud@nli.ie

Overall Winner 2018: Majella Votta

Majella VottaMajella Votta

UCC announced as partner
In June 2018 Poetry Ireland and the National Library of Ireland announced that University College Cork (UCC) has joined as a partner on Poetry Aloud, the annual poetry speaking competition for post-primary schools, in a new 10-year agreement.

Overall winner 2017: Brendan MacDomhnaill

 Brendan Mac Domhnaill, Coláiste Oiriall, Monaghan

Working collaboratively on Poetry Aloud, the NLI and Poetry Ireland aim to bring “poetry into the memory and affections of the young in a way that will make it a lifelong possession and value”. (Seamus Heaney)
Participants in Poetry Aloud are included in the Verse and Vision section of the award winning exhibition Yeats: the life and work of William Butler Yeats at the National Library and in the Words and Music - The Sounds of War section of the library’s exhibition World War Ireland. Participants have taken part in commemoration events in the library during 2017/2018 and in external events organised by the NLI and Poetry Ireland.

What is Poetry Aloud?

Poetry Aloud winner 2016 Nathan Quinn O’RawePoetry Aloud winner 2016 Nathan Quinn O’Rawe

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, was 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 nominating Poetry Aloud as the recipient of a subsidiary prize, the Clarissa Luard 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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