Poetry Aloud

The semi-finals of the annual Poetry Aloud competition, run by the National Library and Poetry Ireland, took place on November 21 in the National Library Dublin. The regional heats had taken place the month before and Coláiste Éinde managed to get four students through to the semi’s namely: Macdara McGuire Eoin O Gorman, Daniel Mulcahy, and Cian Siggins. The contestants must learn off and deliver two poems, a prescribed poem and a poem of their choice from specified publications. The students are marked on presentation, conveying understanding of the poem, enunciation, confidence etc. The standard is very high especially in the semi-final and final stages. The prestigious competition attracts entries from all over the island of Ireland and it is a great achievement when a student reaches the final. The late Seamus Heaney was a patron of Poetry Aloud and regularly attended the finals. The president of Ireland has also attended the finals. Cian Siggins won the overall intermediate category last year, a first for Coláiste Éinde and was invited to deliver his poem and to speak about the competition on RTE radio’s morning show with Sean O Rourke. This year the college has two students through to the finals in the Senior category – Daniel Mulcahy and Macdarra McGuire which takes on Fri Dec 6.

Poetry aloud


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