Six young poets have been selected as winners of the ‘Let’s fish’ national poetry competition which took place earlier this summer and was organised by Inland Fisheries Ireland in conjunction with the Blackrock Education Centre. Entries were received from across Ireland under the title “Let’s fish” and the poems revealed how much fish and fishing means to our younger generation. The results from the competition were as follows:
5th Class Category
C.B.S Primary School, Dundalk, Co. Louth.
Scoil Naomh Buithe, Tenure, Monasterboice, Co. Louth
Scoil Réalt na Mara, Tuosist, Co. Kerry
6th Class Category
St. Patrick’s National School, Greystones, Co. Wicklow.
Sion Mills Primary School, The Park, Westview Tec. Sion Mills, Co. Tyrone
Scoil Phadraig, Newport Rd., Deerpark East, Westport, Co. Mayo
Inland Fisheries Ireland plans to share the winning entries across all social media platforms over the coming weeks. The competition ran from the end of April to the middle of June, with 5th and 6th class students asked to write a five line poem on the topic ‘Let’s Fish’. The winners of the 1st prize will now receive a €100 voucher, the winners of the 2nd prize will receive a €50 voucher and the winners of the 3rd prize will receive a €25 voucher. The competition was delivered as a fun initiative to help 5th and 6th class primary students to research the Something Fishy online resource and expand their literacy skills during the Covid-19 restrictions.
Speaking about the competition, Suzanne Campion, Head of Business Development at Inland Fisheries Ireland said: “We are delighted to announce the winners of the ‘Let’s fish” poetry competition as part of our joint collaboration with the Blackrock Education Centre. We would like to congratulate all of the participants involved and we wish them well as they return to school in the coming weeks.”
Something Fishy is an Educational Programme, aimed at Primary school pupils aged between 10-13 years, which informs and educates students on fish, water, angling, and the environment and angling. The ‘Something Fishy’ is delivered by Inland Fisheries Ireland and Blackrock Education Centre (BEC). It includes lesson plans and activity sheets based on the theme of the ‘Life cycle of salmon’ – Bradán. It has web based resources and new lesson plans also available, visit http://www.somethingfishy.ie/ for more information.