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By Trish Groves, Campaigns Officer
2015 marks the fourth annual poetry competition run by Trócaire and Poetry Ireland. The winning poets received their prizes at the National Library of Ireland on Wednesday 28th May.
Top: 2015 poetry winners on stage at the National Library of Ireland, Bottom: Eight-year-old poet Elise Carey McGibney
Words are powerful tools for change … they make up our languages, our laws, our school books, our stories. Trócaire uses the power of the written word, and the voices of campaigners here in Ireland, to persuade our politicians to make the laws more fair; to lobby the EU, the UN and other international bodies; and to share stories of success and change from Africa, Asia and Latin America, with people here in Ireland.
In 2013, an eleven year old boy called Pádraig Power from Tipperary wrote a poem called ‘Heavy Load’, inspired by a Trócaire story about how millions young girls have to carry water for their families every day, and how, by comparison, his schoolbag suddenly felt light. He entered his poem in the Trócaire / Poetry Ireland poetry competition, and won first prize in his age group.
A few weeks later, to mark World Water Day, and World Poetry Day, we put his poem onto Facebook. Within twenty four hours the poem was ‘Liked’ over 15,000 times, and it went on to reach over 600,000 people. It spilled over onto Twitter, and even the children’s laureate complimented Padraig on his poem.
Poets have the power to challenge ideas, to change the way that people think, and to make a mark on the world. Whether you’re ten years old, or a hundred and ten, as a poet you too have the power to change the world too. And if poetry isn’t your thing, sure why not have a look around Trócaire’s website now that you’re here, because there are many other ways to get involved and make the world a better place.