Dublin City Libraries winner in A Poem for Ireland Competition

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Róisín FinneganDublin City Public Libraries’ winning entry in the National Competition of ‘A poem for Ireland’ was written by Róisín Finnegan, 3rd year student from The Holy Faith Secondary School in Clontarf. It was submitted by teacher, Muireann O’Connell to Senior Librarian, Pamela Farrell at Raheny Library in March.

Right: Róisín Finnegan, winner.

Róisín’s poem ‘The Golden Years of the Emerald Isle’ shortlisted in the national final, shows a vivid and mature voice significant in this commemorative year.  We see Róisín Dubh, an ancient figure moving about in modern day Ireland.  There are elements of nostalgic patriotism mixed with modern references in a gentle and natural order which are all the more lovely as they are inspired by a teenager in 2016.

Update: And the national winner is... Róisín Finnegan! Many congratulations to Róisín on her excellent achievement. (6th May)

Poem for Ireland final

Above: Joe Nugent, Chief Executive, Local Government Management Agency, Seán Ó Foghlú, Secretary General, Department of Education, Róisín Finnegan,  Winner, 3rd year student at Holy Faith Secondary School, Clontarf and Margaret Hayes, City Librarian. (click to view larger image)

Group photo

Above: Róisín’s grand-parents, Róisín Finnegan (Centre) , Muireann O’Connell (teacher) , Margaret Hayes (Dublin City Librarian), and Rónan MacNeice ( Raheny librarian). (click to view larger image)

'A poem for Ireland' National competition is being co-ordinated by The Department of Education, Local Government Management Agency and local authorities library services as a commemorative project for 1916. The final is this Friday , 6 May, at Dublin Castle, Printworks.

Róisín  and City Librarian

Above: Róisín Finnegan, 3rd year student at Holy Faith Secondary School, Clontarf, is presented with a print on the theme of 1916  by Dublin City Librarian, Margaret Hayes
for her winning poem ‘ The Golden Years of the Emerald Isle’.

Dublin City Public Libraries congratulates  Róisín Finnegan , The Holy Faith Secondary School, Clontarf,  and Raheny Library and we wish Róisín the very best.

Róisín Finnegan  and others

Above: Róisín Finnegan explains the story behind the 1916 print,the prize for winning entry for Dublin City Public Libraries Poem for Ireland competition.


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