Talented primary school pupil, Elise from St. Brendan’s N.S in Fenit, is celebrating this week after winning an award in a major poetry competition.

With her poem ‘The Sea of Hope’, Elise saw off tough competition from across the island to win the ‘Primary Senior’ category of the 2018 Trócaire poetry competition.

The annual competition, in association with Poetry Ireland, uses the arts to raise awareness about the leading global justice issues of our time. This year submissions focused on the theme ‘Until Love Conquers Fear’, which examines the importance of showing support and solidarity with people facing hunger and injustice.
The 2018 winners, ranging from primary school pupils to published adult poets, were awarded their prizes recently at the National Library of Ireland.

Trócaire director Eamonn Meehan said: “It’s such a thrill for the youngest children here to have their work published in a booklet alongside well known Irish poets.

“The poetry competition creates a synergy of wisdom, creativity and talent, which encourages young minds to keep exploring ways to make our world a better place.