Open to all ages and all poets, published and unpublished, the annual Trócaire/Poetry Ireland poetry competition uses the arts to raise awareness about the leading global justice issues of our time. This year’s theme was ‘Forced to Flee’ which inspired a moving and thought-provoking selection of poems on the themes of displacement and seeking refuge.
There were six categories in the competition: two for adults and four for children and teens: published and non-published adult poets; first level junior and senior cycle students; and second-level junior and senior cycle students.
Over the years, the panel of judges has included well-known, established Irish poets such as Mary Shine Thompson, John F Dean, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Theo Dorgan.
Click here to read the winning poems for 2016.