Schools Awards in Ennistymon

As part of Poetry Town Ennistymon, Schools Awards took place, with primary and secondary school students invited to submit poems in six different categories. They could write a poem about their town, a local place, or a person from the area.  

Schools in the town were contacted with details of how the Awards work. Entries opened on 3 September and closed at midnight on 30 September.  

About the Awards 

Awards entries were judged anonymously. An independent adjudicator was appointed for each town shortlisted the submissions, and Poetry Ireland made the final decisions on the awards. 

Full information, including details of the categories, can be found on the Rules and Conditions of Entry PDF

Winners - Ennistymon

We're delighted to announce the winners in the Ennistymon Poetry Town School Awards:

  • Junior Infants: Scoil Cholmcille Clouna Infants, 1st & 2nd class Acrostic Poem 
    (Names of Junior Infant students: Phoenix Badenhorst, Nathan Buckley, Lillyann Burke Mongan, Michael Cotter, Hayley Crosse, Odhran Crosse, JD Davoren, Lauren Davoren Murrihy, Evie McMahon, Rowan O'Regan)
    (Names of Senior Infants students: Tom Barry, David Burke Mongan, Alfie Copner, Doireann McGuane, Connor Russell)
  • Lily King (Scoil Cholmcille Clouna - 3rd/4th class category) with her poem 'Enchanted Ennistymon'
  • Marcella Mantoan (Scoil Mhuire Ennistymon -1st/2nd year category) with her poem 'The Ennistymon Glen' 

Ennistymon Acrostic Poem 

E……..Eugene’s, lots of paintings on the walls 
N…….Noisy cars beeping their horns 
N……Now, listen for the falls falling down 
I…….I can’t wait for Trick or Treat……so many houses 
S…….Shops with lots of sweets to eat 
T…..Tractors, red green and blue, John Deere and Massey Ferguson to name a few 
Y…….Yellow, blue, orange and purple too……so many colours I don’t know what to do 
M…….Milky Milkshakes from Franco’s for movie night 
O…..On the top of the hill is Granny’s house 
N……Now, go down to the falls for a big surprise and see the donkeys with their big brown eyes. 

Enchanted Ennistymon - Lily King

Ennistymon has an enchanted entrance. On your left put your rubbish in the bin
instead of polluting our beautiful oceans and killing all our best friends. 
When you keep going straight then turn to your right just before it is the Garda
station. Then turn to your left and Aldi is on your right where you can go jaw
dropping shopping. 
Then go straight again when you get to a shop. Turn to your right where there are
some shops where you can get some pops. 
Just a kilometre away there’s a very nice place to stay called the Falls. There’s horses
and donkey’s and places to walk. 
Places to kayak and paddle board too and if quiet you might get to see some wildlife
passing through. 
The Teach Ceol has some music, some plays and dramas too. Maybe come by for a
drive when you need to feel alive. 

The Ennistymon Glen  - Marcella Mantoan

As I walk down the glen, 
I can hear the trees rustling, 
The birds are softly singing 
And the lake is calmly flowing. 

I love the sound of my feet 
Crunching, fallen leaves, 
How the rain lightly trickles through the trees 
Or how you can see nothing but green. 

How I love the Ennistymon Glen  

My favourite is when the dogs run  
through the bushes and they look  
like the have a smile on  
their face, 
When the birds soar through the  
sky and down through the  
Or when you can hear the  
children laughing in the distance.  

How I love the Ennistymon Glen.