Schools Awards in Listowel

As part of Poetry Town Listowel, Schools Awards took place, with primary and secondary school students invited to submit poems in six different categories. Theyc ould 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 who 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

Winner - Listowel

We're delighted to announce the winner in the Listowel Poetry Town School Awards:

Drumlough National School Listowel - Infants/1st/2nd class category with their poem 'Our Town'
Names of students: Emma Barry, Ivy Rose Barry, Maia Casey, Jessie Dowling, Fionn Galvin, Oran Guiney, Shona Keane, Tadhg Kelliher, Elena O' Connell, Louise Quilter, Cameron Ringquist O'Connor, Cillian Russell, Gearóid Somers, Hollie Stack Mc Elligott, Simon Taracha and Darcy Windle 

Our Town 

The square is busy. 
The square is bright. 
The cars are stopped at the traffic lights. 
People shopping in our town,  
traffic going up and down. 
Beep beep, wave hello 
This is our lovely Listowel. 

Schools Workshops

Pupils in primary and secondary schools in Listowel experienced the joy of creating poetry in a series of workshops with some of Kerry’s leading poets.  Participating schools were: 

  • Scoil Réalta na Maidne (Boy’s Primary School) – directed by Marian Relihan 
  • Gaelscoil Lios Tuathail – directed by Gabriel Fitzmaurice 
  • Coláiste na Ríochta – directed by Eileen Sheehan