Poetry Ireland and Trócaire are delighted to announce the winners of the 2020 poetry competition, which this year had the theme ‘Standing Her Ground’.
The winners and runners-up are across six categories: adult published, adult unpublished, primary junior, primary senior, post-primary junior and post-primary senior.
Jane O’Hanlon from Poetry Ireland said, “Given that this been such a difficult year, with schools closed since early March, we have been delighted with the volume and the quality of the response to this year’s theme.
“There was a particularly large entry in both adult categories this year and we are delighted to see that last year’s runner-up Cliona O’Connell is this year’s winner in the adult published category and, in a neat alignment, Christine Broe, last year’s winner is a runner-up in 2020. The post-primary junior category was won by Sineád O’Reilly, a previous winner and runner-up.
“With winners from nine separate counties overall, we are particularly aware of the effort it took all our schools category entries to participate this year and we would like to thank everyone for their continued interest and support of the Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition.”
The annual poetry competition uses the arts to raise awareness about current global citizenship, justice, ecological and equality issues. This year, the entry period was extended into summer due to Covid-19.
As a physical awards ceremony isn’t possible due to Covid-19 restrictions, we look forward to celebrating the winners of the competition with a streamed video event. This will take place on Poetry Ireland’s YouTube channel at 6pm on Culture Night (Friday 18 September).
Update - you can watch back the event here.
A booklet of the winning poems is due to be published in 2021.
Thank you to the judges of this year’s competition: Catherine Ann Cullen, Aidan Clifford and Joanne McGarry.
Congratulations to all this year’s winners and runners-up, and thank you to everyone who entered.
(Pictured above are some of this year's winners and runners-up: Marie Studer, Christine Broe, Michael Ray and Cliona O'Connell)
Adult Published Category
‘The Kiss and the Betrayal’
Adult Unpublished Category
‘Everything beautiful is cruel’
‘Women Sing at the Court of Justice’
Primary Junior Category
‘She’s Standing her Ground’
‘She Stood Tall’
Éibhín Milmoe O’Reilly
‘Too much to ask’
Primary Senior Category
‘Dear Mrs Sheey Skeffington’
Post-Primary Junior Category
‘Seas do Thalamh’
Post-Primary Senior Category
Hannah Nic Eindrí