Poetic success for Tipperary students in Trócaire poetry competition

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Poetic success for Tipperary students in Trócaire poetry competition

Hannah, pictured with her family, from Thurles, Co. Tipperary, is awarded in the post primary senior category

Two fifth year students from Tipperary are celebrating this week after winning awards in a major poetry competition

Rachel from Monegal, a student in Borrisokane Community College, and Ursuline student Hannah from Thurles, were awarded joint runners-up in the post-primary senior category of the 2018 Trócaire poetry competition with their poems ‘King of the Birds’ and ‘The Television.'  

The annual Trócaire competition, in association with Poetry Ireland, uses the arts to raise awareness about the leading global justice issues of our time. This year submissions focused on the theme ‘Until Love Conquers Fear’, which examines the importance of showing support and solidarity with people facing hunger and injustice.

Pic: Rachel, pictured with her family, from Monegal, Co. Tipperary, wins an award in the post primary senior category

The 2018 winners, ranging from primary school pupils to published adult poets, were awarded their prizes recently at the National Library of Ireland.

Trócaire director Eamonn Meehan said: “It’s such a thrill for the youngest children here to have their work published in a booklet alongside well known Irish poets. 

“The poetry competition creates a synergy of wisdom, creativity and talent, which encourages young minds to keep exploring ways to make our world a better place.

“Congratulations to all this year’s winners and runners-up, and thank you to everyone who entered.”

For more information on the competition, including this year’s winning poems, visit www.trocaire.org.