Winners of Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition 2018 announced

24th May 2018
All the 2018 winners together with Eamonn Meehan, Trócaire executive director, and Maureen Kennelly, director of Poetry Ireland. Photo : Garry Walsh

The winners of the 2018 Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition were announced at an awards ceremony and reading at the National Library of Ireland on Thursday 24 May. This annual competition, which is open to published poets, un-published poets, spoken word poets and students, uses poetry to raise awareness about the leading global justice issues of our time. The theme of this year's competition was "Until Love Conquers Fear", and entries were judged by Aidan Clifford, formerly of the CDETB Curriculum Development Unit, poet Nessa O’Mahony, and Trócaire’s Patricia Groves. Download a booklet of this year's winning poems

Adult Published Category

WINNER:  
'Disclosure' Daragh Bradish

JOINT RUNNERS-UP:
'The Power of Poems' Eileen Casey
'Weather Status Warning' Joseph Horgan

Adult Unpublished Category

WINNER:          
'Ainganiff' John Donaghy

RUNNER-UP:    
'Raqqa Bowl 2017' Emer Davis

Primary Junior Category

WINNER:            
'Love Conquers Fear' Jude Rogers

JOINT RUNNERS-UP:     
'The Fox' Abbey Bi Yao Lin
'
Forgiveness' Fionn McGibney

Primary Senior Category

WINNER:          
'The Sea of Hope' Elise Carey-McGibney

JOINT RUNNERS-UP:    
'Love' Rhianna Lawrence 
'Love Always Wins' Sybille de Pluvié

Post-Primary Junior Category

WINNER:           
'The Olive Tree' Sinéad O’Reilly

JOINT RUNNERS-UP:      
'Flames of Fear' Abbie O’Sullivan
'Free' Grace Crossen

Post-Primary Senior Category 

WINNER:          
'Blanket' Jade Moore

JOINT RUNNERS-UP:    
'King of the Birds' Rachel O’Dwyer
'The Television' Hannah Murphy