Poetry Aloud 2016: Final
The final of Poetry Aloud 2016 took place on Friday, December 2.
We welcomed students from schools in Donegal, Antrim, Armagh, Galway, Longford, Clare, Limerick, Kerry, Tipperary, Waterford, Monaghan, Laois, Louth, Sligo, Wicklow and Dublin.
The students spoke two poems over two rounds. The standard was so high that we did not envy our judging panel: Sabina Higgins, Professor Margaret Kelleher and Director of Poetry Ireland, Maureen Kennelly who had to decide on the winner in each category, the runner-up for each category and the Overall Winner.
The 2016 Poetry Aloud national winners are:
• Junior category: Daniel Nordon, Coláiste Lú, Dundalk, Co Louth;
• Intermediate category: Nathan Quinn O’Rawe, De La Salle College, Belfast, Co Antrim;
• Senior category: Grace Halton, St. Louis High School, Rathmines, Dublin 6.
Overall Winner Nathan Quinn O’Rawe was awarded the Seamus Heaney Poetry Aloud Award. The perpetual trophy is designed by Meath-based sculptor Fiona Smith-Darragh.
This year’s Poetry Aloud runners up are:
• Junior category: Aoife Devlin, Ursuline College, Sligo, Co Sligo;
• Intermediate category: Callum Martin, St. Patrick’s Cathedral Grammar School, Dublin 8;
• Senior category: Nancy Murphy, Rathdown School, Glenegeary, Co Dublin.
Congratulations to everyone!
Thanks to all who took part this year, our adjudicators, schools and teachers who hosted the regional heats and to the Mullingar Arts centre, the Linen Hall Library, Belfast and to the Crawford Gallery in Cork for your support in facilitating regional heats.
Poetry Aloud is the annual poetry speaking competition open to all students attending second level schools on the island of Ireland run by the National Library of Ireland and Poetry Ireland.
To take part, students are required to learn and speak two poems from memory at each stage of the competition.
To find out more, read this year's entry form:
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 2016 and in external events organised by the NLI and Poetry Ireland.
POETRY ALOUD 2015: Kevin Fitzpatrick from Monaghan
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, 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 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.