The Bards Amongst Us

Poetry Aloud is a poetry speaking competition organised by the National Library of Ireland and Poetry Ireland. Students 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. The standard is extremely high with over 1,500  contestants attending from all around the country.

This year two students from Coláiste Éinde, Anna Fitzgerald and Cian Siggins made it through to the semi-finals held in Dublin where they both gave masterful performances. The competition was very strong and although Anna did not make it through she was highly commended. Cian however impressed the judges hugely and earned himself a place in the finals on the 5th December to be held in the National Library of Ireland in Dublin. Cian is no strangers to success in this competition being the outright winner last year in the junior section.

To add to his successes this year Cian was also honoured to be invited to record the Tom Kettle poem ‘ To My Daughter Betty’ for the National Library’s new World War 1 exhibition where his voice rings clear and proud on audio while visitors watch the visual displays.

Well done Cian and best of luck in the final.

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