Winners of Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition 2017 announced

16th May 2017

Poetry Ireland and Trócaire are delighted to announce the winners of the 2017 Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition. This annual competition is open to published poets, un-published poets, spoken word poets and students. The theme of this year's competition was "Before the Storm", and entrants were invited to explore how people prepare for extreme weather events caused by climate change. Download a booklet of this year's winning poems

Adult Published Category

WINNER:  
‘Before the Storm’ David Butler

RUNNER UP:
‘Signs’ Lorraine Carey 

RUNNER UP:
‘Hurricane Redux’ Angela Carr

Adult Unpublished Category

WINNER:          
‘The Hurricane’ Bernie Crawford

RUNNER UP:    
‘Loss Control’ Caroline Bracken

RUNNER UP:    
‘Elegy’ Michael Ray

Primary Junior Category

WINNER:            
‘Songbird’ Hannah McCorry 
School: Abbeyleix South National School

RUNNER UP:     
‘The Three Kings’ Cain O’Connor 
School: Abbeyleix South National School

RUNNER UP:     
‘Clouds’ Matthew Brigdale 
North Bay Educate Together N.S., Greendale  

Primary Senior Category

WINNER:          
‘The Monster in the Sky’ Catherine Coen
Sooey N.S., Sooey, Co. Sligo

RUNNER UP:    
‘The Lone Sailor’ Keisha-Paige Plant
School: Gaelscoil an Bhradáin Feasa

RUNNER UP:     
‘Foreboding’ Sinéad O’Reilly
School: Mercy N.S., Wexford

Post-Primary Junior Category

WINNER:           
‘Ag Fanacht ar an Storim’ Muireann Ní Éideáin
School: Coláiste Íosagáin, Co. Baile Átha Cliath

RUNNER UP:      
‘Unravelled Lives’ Alison Ward
Presentation Secondary School, Castleisland, Co. Kerry

RUNNER UP:     
‘At Last We Meet Again’ Cara Wallace
School: Assumption Grammar School, Ballynahinch, Co. Down

Post-Primary Senior Category 

WINNER:          
‘How to Survive a Storm’ Adam Cooper
School: Oaklands Community College, Edenderry, Co.Offaly

RUNNER UP:    
‘Report’ Ciara Fennessy
School: Mount Sackville Secondary School,  Chapelizod, Dublin 20

RUNNER UP:     
‘Hurricane’ Jake Kilcoyne Kellegher
School: Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh