From published poets to budding new talent, young primary schoolers to adults, the prize winners of the 2018 Trócaire poetry competition gathered in Dublin this week to receive their awards.
From Thurles to Tallaght, and from Carberry to Clonakility, winners from all over Ireland came to celebrate their poetic success.
The annual competition uses poetry to raise awareness about the global justice issues of our time. This year’s poetry competition, in partnership with Poetry Ireland, received a wide range of submissions on the theme ‘Until Love Conquers Fear’.
Primary school pupils, post primary students and their teachers tackled the theme with creativity and gusto.
Trócaire director Eamonn Meehan launched the event, saying “It’s such a thrill for the youngest children here to have their work published in a booklet alongside well known Irish poets”.
The poetry competition “creates a synergy of wisdom, creativity and talent, which encourages young minds to keep exploring ways to make our world a better place”.
Congratulations to all this year’s winners and runners-up, and thank you to everyone who entered.
You can download this year’s poetry booklet here.