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 last year's Overall Winner, Shauna Hession here:
To view performances from last year's competition here.
Poetry Aloud is the annual poetry speaking competition organised by the National Library and Poetry ireland. We welcome entries from post-primary schools throughout Ireland. In 2012, over 1,600 students entered the competition so let's make Poetry Aloud 2013 even bigger! Students speak the poems from memory.
To find out more, please check the the entry form which includes details of the competiton :Poetry Aloud 2013 Poetry Aloud 2013 Application form Information.pdf (0.49 MB, Adobe PDF)
Overall winner Shauna Hession with her teacher Noel Bannon and Director of the NLI, Fiona Ross
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.