Annual Poetry Awards at Slieve Roe House
01/04/2014Seven local schools have taken part in the eighth annual Slieve Roe House Poetry competition.
Over 500 poems were submitted into this year’s competition which was themed “My Favourite Place.”
Donard Day Centre Clients and 52 children from local schools attended the awards ceremony. First, second and third prizes for each year category received an Easter Egg. Bronagh Rogers, Manager of Slieve Roe House who presented the prizes said: “There is no doubt that everyone has enjoyed taking part in a good competitive and spirited manner. I also take this opportunity to congratulate the staff and members of Friends of Slieve Roe for organising the competition. It is a great intergenerational event.”
Ellie McAtee from Kilkeel Primary School who wrote about her family holidays to Edinburgh won the ‘Archie McKee Memorial Cup’ and Eva Poland from Moneydarragh Primary School won ‘The Friends of Slieve Roe Shield’ for her poem about Nanna’s House.
Michelle Wilson SCA and Chair of Friends of Slieve Roe House said: “This is a special day in our calendar, the judging panel had a hard task to narrow the entrants down and choose the prize winners as the standard of poetry was so high - all the children should be congratulated. At Slieve Roe House we are always delighted to see younger members of the local community take time out to join us in intergenerational networking by entering our annual poetry competition. This helps to strengthen our community ties and often through creative writing gives us the opportunity to see what is important to young people in today’s society.”
Residents Roseleen Quinn and Catherine Cunningham who were part of the judging panel said the poems made them smile and reminded them of family fun days out with our mums and dads and Sunday trips to Grandma’s.
The judging panel would like to thank the local primary schools Brackenagh West, Grange, Kilkeel, St Colmans, Holy Cross Attical, Mourne Independent Christian School and Moneydarragh for entering the competition.
Prize winners from Kilkeel Primary School Kirstin Watson, Adam Trimble, Kirsty Chick, Laura Burns, Rachel McKee, Jack Peters ,Emily-Kate Campbell, Steven Burns, Ellieanna Spence and the 2014 winner of the Archie McKee Cup Ellie McAtee Primary 7
Katie Rogers, Eabha Barry, Sorcha McElroy-Barry and winner of the Friends of Slieve Roe Shield Eva Poland