Transition Year students Emily Cahill and Rí Galway were both finalists in the eighth annual Poetry Aloud Poetry Speaking Competition 2014 in the National Library in Dublin on Friday 5 December. Both students were among the 35 finalists from 118 schools who qualified out of a total of 1,700 participants nationally, a wonderful achievement.
In this competition students learn and speak a selection of poetry, both prescribed and individually chosen. Emily and Rí both performed the compulsory poem, ‘Going Home to Mayo, Winter, 1949’ by Paul Durcan. They also chose their own poems from selected anthologies. Emily chose ‘June Thunder’ by Louise MacNeice and Rí recited ‘A Walk’ by Nikolai Zabolotsky. The judges, Fiach Mac Conghail (Director of The Abbey Theatre), Maureen Kennelly (Director of Poetry Ireland) and the great bilingual Kerry poet, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill praised all the competitors for their brilliant delivery, sensitive interpretation and bravery!
The performances were recorded and will be available on the Poetry Ireland YouTube channel, as well as being filmed for RTÉ and a Swedish television company. Emily and Rí both received a certificate of achievement and a copy of the Lifelines Anthology. Well done to both students!