Galway Student Wins National Poetry Aloud Prize

This year’s winner of the Intermediate Category of the All Ireland Poetry Aloud Competition is Cian Siggins, a third year student from Colaiste Einde, Salthill.  This annual poetry speaking competition which is organised by the National Library of Ireland and Poetry Ireland is open to all post-primary school students on the island of Ireland and receives over 1,500 entries every year.

Following a series of regional heats in October and two semi-finals in Dublin, the final took place on Friday 7 December in the National Library where Cian greatly impressed the judges, themselves poets and writers, with his excellent delivery and his ability to meaningfully interpret a series of poems including ‘The Gift of Love ‘ by Tom Kettle , ‘The North Pole’ by Frank McGuinness and  a selection of works by William Shakespeare..

Poetry Aloud is a poetry speaking competition where student are expected to learn a series of poems both prescribed and of their own choice and perform them in front of a large audience and three judges. Prizes are awarded in three categories Junior, Intermediate and Senior and the senior category won the overall title. The standard is extremely high with contestants attending from all around the country and from Northern Ireland. Cian Siggins, as winner of the Intermediate section, received a valuable cash prize and his English teacher Gerard Hanberry was delighted to be presented with a ‘Shelf of Books’ for the school library. Cian was warmly congratulated by the school management and staff for his great success in this prestigious national competition.

Poerty Aloud Winner

               Cian phoning home with the fantastic news beside poet Tony Curtis

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