Poetry Aloud 2021 - Poetry Speaking Competition

 Poetry Aloud 2021

Poetry Aloud competition 2021  - Results!

 Poetry Aloud is annual poetry speaking competition open to all post-primary students on the island of Ireland which is organised by the NLI and Poetry Ireland and supported by UCC.

The competition, which has run since 2007 and has involved thousands of students in that time, took place virtually in 2021 due to the challenges presented by Covid-19.

29 students from schools in Antrim, Armagh, Cork,  Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Laois, Mayo, Monaghan, Roscommon, Tipperary, Tyrone, Waterford and Wicklow participated in the virtual final.

Congratulations to All!

Poetry Aloud 2021  -  Virtual Competition – Results

• Senior Category
Tirzah Hutchinson Edgar, The High School, Rathgar, Dublin
Zoe Ncube, Presentation Secondary School, Tralee, Co.Kerry

• Intermediate Category:
Charley Fitzgerald, Presentation Secondary School, Waterford
Jake O’Loughlin, The High School, Rathgar, Dublin.

• Junior Category
Alice Mackle St Patrick's Academy, Dungannon, Co Tyrone
Joint Runners-Up:
Jack Monaghan, De La Salle College, Belfast, Co. Antrim
Mikayla O’Sullivan, Presentation Secondary School, Tralee, Co. Kerry

Overall Winner 2021: Alice Mackle, St Patrick's Academy, Dungannon, Co Tyrone

Thanks to all the students and teachers who participated in this year's competition.

View our 2021 finalists here

Poetry Aloud Information 2021  POETRY ALOUD 2021 Information and Entry form.pdf (1.00 MB, Adobe PDF)

Poetry Aloud is organised by the National Library of Ireland and Poetry Ireland in partnership with University College Cork.

Poetry Aloud 2020

The 2020 Poetry Aloud national winners were:
• Junior category: Seán O’Sullivan, Coláiste Chiaráin, Croom, Limerick

• Intermediate category: Abi Flanagan, Castlerea Community College, Castlerea, Roscommon

• Senior category: Caitlín Ní Raoghaill, Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach, Askea, Carlow

Overall Winner:  Caitlín Ní Raoghaill

The 2020 Poetry Aloud runners-up were:
• Junior category: Heather Hannon, Colaiste Mhuire, Ballygar, Galway

• Intermediate category: Eva Staunton, Santa Maria College, Louisburgh, Mayo

• Senior category: Daniel Nordon, Institute of Education, Dublin & Palesa Hlongwane, Presentation Secondary School, Tralee, Kerry

 Book tokens were awarded to the category runners-up.

Caitlín 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 Information sheet and 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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