Kildare success at ‘A Poem for Ireland’ Competition

Kildare Library and Arts Service is delighted to announce that Jane Rigby from St. Mary’s College, Naas, has won second place in the national competition A Poem for Ireland organised by Libraries Development at the Local Government Management Agency (L.G.M.A.).

Jane’s poem, ‘An Tríú Lá de Mhí Bealtaine, 1916’ had previously been selected as the Kildare County Winner and went on to be selected as one of the eight national finalists.

The winners of the competition were announced at an event in Dublin Castle on Friday the 6th of May.

Congratulations to overall winner Róisín Finnegan of Holy Faith Clontarf and the other finalists in the 2016 ‘A Poem for Ireland’ competition.


First three places:

1. Róisín Finnegan – Holy Faith Secondary School Clontarf

2. Jane Rigby – St Mary’s College, Naas

3. Lucy Ní Dhuiginn – Gael Cholaiste Cheatharlach

Highly Commended by the judges:

Alisa Oriol – Loreto Secondary School, Balbriggan

Other Finalists:

Louise Dunphy – Our Lady of Mercy Secondary School Waterford

Fionn O’Sullivan – Newpark Comprehensive, Blackrock

Una Faller – Athlone Community College

Anita Walis – Portlaoise College


 Jane Rigby from St. Mary’s College, Naas

(Image above: Jane Rigby (seated) from St. Mary’s College, Naas being introduced by her classmate before she read her poem ‘An Tríú La de Mhí Bealtaine, 1916’ )