Poetry Aloud 2014 ……….. From 1778 entries to 35 finalists
Regional heats and semi-finals completed, Poetry Aloud final day brought 35 students from all over Ireland to the library for the national final.
Following two rounds when the judges and audience listened to some wonderful poetry, the judges went off to choose the winners and runners-up of this year’s competition.
There was a great sense of anticipation while we awaited the results.
And the results for this year are as follows:
Junior Category: Megan Nar, St Louis Secondary School, Monaghan
Intermediate Category: Scion Flanagan, Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare
Senior Category: Cian Siggins, Coláiste Éinde, Salthill, Co. Galway
Junior Category: Luke Mac Giolla Chomhaill, Coláiste Oiriall, Monaghan
Intermediate Category: Jodie Milne, St Michael's Holy Faith, Dublin
Senior Category: Conor Potts, Wesley College, Dublin
Overall winner: Megan Nar.
Each of the winners received a cash prize and book tokens were presented to the teachers from the winning schools.
The runners-up were presented with book tokens.
Overall Winner, Megan Nar was presented with the perpetual trophy The Séamus Heaney Poetry Aloud Award by judge, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill.
The judges for the final were Maureen Kennelly, Director of Poetry Ireland, Fiach Mac Conghail, Director of the Abbey Theatre and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Poet who 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.
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.