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2016 Trócaire and Poetry Ireland Awards

The finalists of our annual poetry competition, run jointly will Poetry Ireland, gathered at the National Library in Dublin on 26 May to share their award-winning work. 

winning poets at the 2016 awards event in national library may 2016

Winning poets at the awards event at the National Library of Ireland, Dublin, May 2016.

Open to all ages and all poets, published and unpublished, the competition uses the arts to raise awareness about the leading global justice issues of our time.

This year’s theme was ‘Forced to Flee’ which inspired a moving and thought-provoking selection of poems on the themes of displacement and seeking refuge.

There are six categories in the competition: two for adults and four for children and teens: published and non-published adult poets; first level junior and senior cycle students; and second-level junior and senior cycle students. 

Over the years, the panel of judges has included well-known, established Irish poets such as Mary Shine Thompson, John F Dean, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Theo Dorgan.

This year’s winning entries also garnered well deserved attention on social media:






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