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Winners of Children’s Poet of the Year 2019 Competition announced

Winners of Children’s Poet of the Year 2019 Competition announced
13 June, 2019

The Hawk’s Well Theatre fosters the importance of poetry with a children’s poetry competition every year. Winners were announced at a prize-giving ceremony at the theatre on Yeats Day, the 13th of June. The theatre received a huge amount of entries and are delighted to announce details of the winning and highly commended poems that were entered into the Children’s Poet of the Year Competition. The winning poet this year is Conor O'Dowd from Rathcormac National School, Rathcormac, Co. Sligo. Four highly commended poems were written by; Eileen Kerins, Scoil Naomh Molaise, Grange, Co. Sligo; Thea O'Brian, Gaelscoil Chnoc na Ré, Upper Ballydoogan, Co. Sligo; Molly Jane McGuinness, Scoil Ursula National School, Knappagh Beg, Co. Sligo and Ava Marie Mitchell, Scoil Naomh Mhuire, Castlegal National School, Cliffony, Co.Sligo. 

The winning poet has won a €100 voucher from the Hawk’s Well Theatre for their school to put towards their next booking and 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 show, the class will experience eagles, hawks, falcons, vultures and owls - an unforgettable experience for all. The four highly commended poets each won a €30 voucher to the Hawk’s Well Theatre and all winning poets and their schools received a specially printed board featuring their winning poems.

 

Winner of the Children’s Poet of the Year Competition

The Fiddler of Dooney

I know I’m going to heaven soon
So I’ll try to compose a brand new tune
I’ll try all night and I’ll try all day
Until Saint Peter opens the way
Welcoming my wonderful fiddle play

By Conor O’Dowd
3rd class, Rathcormac NS, Rathcormac, Co. Sligo

 

Highly Commended

The Fiddler of Dooney

The fiddler plays his magic tune
The few who hear are shocked
To find themselves trapped in a wonder filled cocoon
To their surprise they find their mind unlocked
A passageway to the fiddler’s secret world

By Eileen Kerins
6th class, Scoil Naomh Molaise, Grange, Co. Sligo

 

Highly Commended

The Fiddler of Dooney

Yeats made Dooney known in his famous fiddler poem
It’s a joy to discover and read
As I’m sure you’ll fully concede
He writes of music and dance
Of people, of place and chance

By Thea O'Brian
Gaelscoil Chnoc na Ré, Upper Ballydoogan, Co. Sligo

 

Highly Commended

The Fiddler of Dooney

When I was at the Sligo fair, guess what my musical eye spotted there?
A fiddle sat there abandoned alone.
I felt nothing stopping me, so why not bring it home.
I played my fiddle on the sand
Maybe I should join a band.

By Molly Jane McGuinness
Scoil Ursula National School, Knappagh Beg, Co. Sligo

 

Highly Commended

The Fiddler of Dooney

We can sing a prayer
We can sing a song
Everyone is welcome
To come and sing along
Thanks to the fiddler of Dooney

By Ava Marie Mitchell
Scoil Naomh Mhuire, Castlegal National School, Cliffony, Co.Sligo

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