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Children’s Poet of the Year 2019

About the Children’s Poet of the Year Competition:

Are you in primary school and a budding poet?

W. B. Yeats, the very famous Irish poet and writer spent his childhood in Sligo and we know there are more fantastic poets in our schools right now!
Every year we choose a poem by W.B. Yeats to inspire us. This year the chosen poem is The Fiddler of Dooney.

The competition has very few rules and they're really simple:

You must write a poem called The Fiddler of Dooney
The poem can be in any style or form, and must be 5 lines long
You may submit a maximum of three poems to the competition
The poem you submit must be written by you
The competition is open to Primary School students only

Notable dates :

Deadline for submission date: Friday 31st of May

Prize-giving date: Yeats Day, Thursday 13th June at Hawk's Well Theatre

The Fiddler of Dooney

When I play on my fiddle in Dooney,
Folk dance like a wave of the sea;
My cousin is priest in Kilvarnet,
My brother in Mocharabuiee.

I passed my brother and cousin:
They read in their books of prayer;
I read in my book of songs
I bought at the Sligo fair.

When we come at the end of time
To Peter sitting in state,
He will smile on three old spirits,
But call me first through the gate;

For the good are always the merry,
Save by an evil chance,
And the merry love the fiddle,
And the merry love to dance:

And when the folk there spy me,
They will all come up to me,
With 'Here is the fiddler of Dooney!'
And dance like a wave of the sea.

Notable dates:



If you'd like to enter the competition, please download an application form here

Please post your completed application to:
Children’s Poet of the Year Competition 2019, Hawk’s Well Theatre, Temple Street, Sligo


Email us your poem to

1st Prize Poet: You and your school will get a €100 voucher from the Hawk’s Well Theatre to put towards their next booking AND you win a trip for the whole class to Eagles Flying, Ballymote, the largest centre for birds of prey and owls in Ireland. During the highly entertaining and interactive bird shows your class will experience eagles, hawks, falcons, vultures and owls. This will be an unforgettable experience for all.