Poetry Day Ireland Poemathon with the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins

21st April 2020

Do you know a poetic fifth or sixth class student who’d love to be part of a national poemathon for Poetry Day Ireland? 

As part of the Poetry Day Ireland festival on 30 April, Poetry Ireland has a launched a call-out for children in those classes to submit a line of poetry which will be combined into a longer poem, all on the theme of time. 

And to top it off, the opening line of the poem has been written by none other than the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins.  

The completed poem will be unveiled online on Poetry Day Ireland and will be included in a time capsule that Poetry Ireland is planning to bury in the garden of its home at 11 Parnell Square East, once the re-development of the Poetry Ireland Centre begins. So it’s very much a chance to be part of history in the making! 

The President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, who is a hugely accomplished and respected poet, and lifelong supporter of poetry, has written the first line of the poem which can be revealed as: 

‘There will be time without measure’.

He has also written the very last line of the poem, which will be revealed when the poem is fully assembled and unveiled on 30 April. Respected editor, poet and former Wolfhound publisher Seamus Cashman will be taking all the wonderful lines of poetry submitted by children to edit and create the long poem.  

It will very much capture this particular moment in Ireland and, indeed, in the world due to the Covid-19 restrictions. And it will also be a very exciting moment for children all over the island of Ireland to take part in this creative initiative, which ties in with Poetry Day Ireland’s theme this year, ‘There will be time’.  

Lines of poetry can be submitted on our special form on the Poetry Day Ireland website.

 Submissions should be from children in fifth and sixth classes of primary school and should be one line of poetry only, with one submission per child. All submissions need to be with us by 11.59pm on Monday 27 April 2020.