PoetsPortlaoise College, hosted heats of the Poetry Aloud competition, for the third time in three years, in October.

Poetry Aloud is the annual poetry speaking competition organized by the National Library of Ireland and Poetry Ireland. It is open to all post-primary school students in Ireland. Last year, the competition won an important international competition: the Clarissa Luard Award. Nobel Prize Winner, Seamus Heaney nominated Poetry Aloud for the award for the extraordinary way in which it celebrates the joy of speaking and listening to poetry.

Schools came from far and wide to compete including: St Mary’s CBS, Scoil Chriost Ri, Colaiste na Sceilge (Kerry) Killina Secondary School (Kildare). Portlaoise College provided one of the biggest teams and students competed in both Junior and Intermediate categories. They recited Yeats’, ‘An Irish Airman Foresees his Death’ and Wilfred Owen’s, ‘The Send Off’. The students then recited a poem of their own choosing.

The judges complimented the students on their efforts and the respect they showed both for poetry and for each other. They praised the excellent venue and thanked the school for its continuing support.