Poetry Day Ireland and Fota Wildlife Park competition winners announced

29th March 2017

From Saturday 8 April – Thursday 27 April, visitors to Fota Wildlife Park in Cork can pick up a Poetry Trail Map and enjoy some great, family-friendly poems about the animas and trees at Fota.

The Poetry Trail Map is free with entry to the park, and includes poems by famous poets as well as a selection of prize-winning poems from the Poetry Day Ireland and Fota Wildlife Park Children’s Poetry Competition.

We are delighted to announce the overall schools winner of this competition was 9-year-old Amber Bannon of Ballycahill National School, Co. Tipperary. Amber’s poem ‘Elvis the Harbour Seal’ (above) will appear on the Poetry Trail Map, and her class has won a trip to Fota Wildlife Park on Poetry Day Ireland, which will include an animal-themed poetry workshop with  poet Grace Wells.

The other competition poems that have been selected to appear on the map are:

  • 'The Cheetah Speaks' by Rachel Regan, age 11, Co. Tipperary
  • ‘The Gibbon’ by Aidan Jenkins, age 9, St John the Baptist NS, Co. Cork
  • ‘Strawberry Milkshakes’ by Emily Dunne, age 8, Co. Waterford
  • ‘Spider Monkey’ by John Dunne, age 12, Co. Waterford
  • ‘The Giraffe’s Neck’ by Ava Charalambous, aged 9, Scoil Naisiúnta an Chroí Naofa, Co. Cork
  • ‘Tapir Rescue’ by Abi Barron, age 8, Co. Waterford
  • ‘The Peacock’s Tail’ by Clara Lynch, aged 12, Scoil Naisiúnta an Chroí Naofa, Co. Cork
  • ‘The Indian Peafowl’ by Emma Daly, Scoil Naisiúnta an Chroí Naofa
  • ‘The Mara’ by Ellie Mara, aged 12, Mayfield, Cork

Well done to everyone who entered our competition, we received nearly 200 entries!