On Monday 6th June Emma Corry, a representative from Trócaire, attended Year 11 assembly. Ms Corry awarded those who participated in the recent Trócaire Poetry Competition through Mrs McCaughan’s Senior Creative Writing Club.
David Merron took 3rd place in the All-Ireland competition for his poem “Difference”, which compellingly communicated the effects of Climate Change in Third World countries. He was awarded a framed photograph, £15 worth of book tokens and a framed certificate. Carlos Barr also received a participation certificate for his poignant audio entry.
Mrs McCaughan commented: “I am bursting with pride today for these two pupils. Both David and Carlos have brought a lot to the Creative Writing group and to see them recognised today was a very proud moment for me. I hope they continue to write as they are both very talented young men.”
David has recently had his work published in the Eco-Schools magazine and Ms Bell gave a commanding recital of his piece at assembly. The aim of the competition was to raise awareness about Climate Change and David’s poem achieved this in a very effective and a very human way.
You complain about the weather,
My country drowns every year.
You’re sad one flower has died,
My entire crop is gone in one day.
You cheer over sunny weather,
My land cries as it is burnt.
Your jobs pays well.
I have no job.
You hear of one death,
I hear of hundreds.
You start your car,
I start to walk.
You get stuck in traffic,
I get stuck at the border.
Your job is five minutes away,
My safety is far more.
Your country pollutes,
As my country watches on.
As my country is dying,
Your country lives on.
You get to stay while I’ve got to go,
This is my Exodus, so now you know.
By David Merron, Year 11
Pictured : (l to r) Mrs S McCaughan (Facilitator of Senior Creative Writing), Ms Emma Corry (Trocaire Representative) , Carlos Barr (Participant) , David Merron (Winner of 3rd Place) , Mrs M Mills (Head of Y11), Mrs R McBreen (David and Carlos’ Form Tutor)