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Winners of the Junior section of the Seamus Heaney Memorial Poetry Competition, with College Principal Mr M. James - View Full Size Image
Winners of the Junior section of the Seamus Heaney Memorial Poetry Competition, with College Principal Mr M. James
Winners of the GCSE Years section of the Seamus Heaney Memorial Poetry Competition - View Full Size Image
Winners of the GCSE Years section of the Seamus Heaney Memorial Poetry Competition
Winners of the Sixth Form section of the Seamus Heaney Memorial Poetry Competition, with College Principal Mr M. James - View Full Size Image
Winners of the Sixth Form section of the Seamus Heaney Memorial Poetry Competition, with College Principal Mr M. James
18/11/2013 LORETO COLLEGE REMEMBERS SEAMUS HEANEY WITH POETRY COMPETITION

Over 100 students from Loreto College Coleraine took part in a school Poetry Competition recently, run by the Loreto College English Department in memory of poet Seamus Heaney.  Students from throughout the College were invited to write a poem on one of the themes which Heaney explored in his poetry, such as nature, Ireland’s history, family, growing up and relationships.

The Loreto College English department feels a close affinity with Seamus Heaney and his work: not only have students from throughout the College’s year groups studied Heaney’s poetry throughout their years at the school, several members of the department had met Heaney and had even briefly studied under his supervision. Seamus Heaney himself engaged in a brief correspondence some years ago with an A Level English Literature class: such was the students’ enthusiasm for Heaney’s poetry, that they decided to write to him, sending him a birthday card and a letter.  The class and their teacher were astonished when Seamus Heaney wrote to them in response, wishing them well in their studies and expressing his delight that his work was being studied relatively close to where he grew up.

The competition drew in excess of 100 entries, with many exceptionally good poems being written.  Mrs Caragh Little, Head of English at Loreto College, who chaired the adjudicating committee, commented that the standard of entries had been very strikingly high, adding that the final adjudication had been difficult with so many outstanding poems to choose from. 

The final results were:

Junior Section: Years 8-10
1 Mary Mullan
2 joint – David Brussard and Adam Taylor
3 joint -  Emma Connolly and Ellen Mulholland

GCSE Section: Years 11-12
1 Siofra Gillan
2 joint - Liam Ferris and John Joe O’Neill
3 joint - Therese Mullaghan and Niamh Wallace

Sixth Form Section: Years 13-14
1 Caolan O’Neill
2 joint – Caoimhe Cooke and Ben Levy
3 Katie McCullough

Prizes were presented to the winning poets at College Assembly.  All the poets were congratulated by Mr Michael James, Principal of Loreto College, and commended on their effort, enthusiasm and talent in entering such outstanding poems for this tightly-contested competition.