Congratulations to all eight finalists at A Poem for Ireland national competition. Their poems are presented on the following pages.
Tom French, poet and a member of the judging panel, spoke on behalf of the judges following the event. Listen to his words below.
A Poem for Ireland Winner:
Dublin City: Róisín Finnegan, Holy Faith Secondary School, Clontarf
Kildare: Jane Rigby, St Mary’s College, Naas
Carlow: Lucy Ní Dhuiginn, Gael Cholaiste Cheatharlach
Highly Commended by the judges:
Fingal: Alisa Oriol, Loreto Secondary School, Balbriggan
Other National Finalists:
Waterford: Louise Dunphy, Our Lady of Mercy Secondary School
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown: Fionn O’Sullivan, Newpark Comprehensive, Blackrock
Westmeath: Una Faller, Athlone Community College
Laois: Anita Walis, Portlaoise College