Thursday, February 18, 2021

By Elizabeth Lee

INLAND Fisheries Ireland and the Blackrock Education Centre are running the national ‘Something Fishy’ poetry competition aimed at fifth- and sixth-class primary school students in Carlow and nationwide. It is an opportunity for students to get creative at home and learn about fish. This is the second year the competition has been run as a fun way for students to learn more about fish and their environment, while also being in with a chance to win some great prizes.

The competition is to write an acrostic poem, in which the first letter of each line spells out a word. Each student is to spell out the word ‘STREAM’ to write their own acrostic poem. Students are also encouraged to illustrate their poems with their own artwork. Only one entry is permitted per student and it is to be original work.

The closing date for entries is Friday 28 May. Parents/guardians are being asked to email the entry to [email protected] and to include the student’s name, class (fifth or sixth) and school name and address. The entries will be divided into three categories: fifth class in one, sixth class in another, and there is also a category for entries in Irish. The winning illustrated poems will be chosen by a panel of judges.

Suzanne Campion, head of business development at Inland Fisheries Ireland, said: ‘We are delighted to launch this competition for the second year in a row and we are looking forward to seeing the imaginative works the young poets create. There are lots of fun and interactive resources available on www.somethingfishy.ie to help inspire budding poets.

Winners will be announced on 18 June and prizes in each of the three categories are as follows: first, fishing kit to the value of €100; second, an outdoor field trip kit (valued at €50); and third, a €30 goodie bag.

For any queries, please email [email protected].

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