Christopher O’Connor from Portlaoise College has won a place in the national finals of the prestigious Poetry Aloud competition.
Poetry Aloud is an annual poetry speaking competition open to all post-primary schools in Ireland. Between 1500 and 1600 students entered the competition every year. For the last four years, Poetry Aloud have held regional heats at Portlaoise College. This year more than 60 students from Laois participated in the event. Catherine Stuart, from the National Library described the standard as very high and thanked the school for the continued support for the event.
Christopher O’Connor of Portlaoise College was one of them. On Friday October 22, at the National Library of Ireland, semi-finals for Poetry Aloud were held. Christopher travelled to the National Library of Ireland to compete in the semi-final. He had come through the regional heaths, held very year at Portlaoise College. Christopher recited ‘The Violet Maker’, by Medbh McGuckian, and ‘Sea Fever, by John Masefield.
Other Laois participants included Senior - Stephanie Dent, Heywood Community School, James Watson, Coláiste Iosagáin, Intermediate - Claire Devoy, Scoíl Chríost Rí Presentation Secondary School, Medbh Kelly, Heywood Community School, Peter Hyland, Heywood Community School, Junior - Aaliyah Onalimi, Scoíl Chríost Rí Presentation Secondary School and Eoghan Murphy, Heywood Community School.
The final took place last weekend. Students representing schools from Kerry, Cork, Tipperary, Waterford, Galway, Sligo, Dublin, Laois, Cavan, Donegal, Tyrone, Antrim, Armagh and Monaghan competed in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior.