Image: Megan Nar from St Louis Secondary School in Monaghan, the junior and overall winner of the 2014 Poetry Aloud competition, is presented with her award by poet Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill.
Congratulations to Leinster School of Music & Drama student Megan Nar, from St Louis Secondary School in County Monaghan, who not only came first in her junior category, but was also awarded overall first place in the 2014 Poetry Aloud poetry speaking competition awards ceremony last month. She is the first junior student to receive this accolade.
The judges for the final were Maureen Kennelly, Director of Poetry Ireland, Fiach Mac Conghail, Director of the Abbey Theatre and poet Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, who commended all students on their excellent performances.
Megan was presented with the perpetual trophy The Séamus Heaney Poetry Aloud Award by judge, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill. With the support of her teacher Pauline McKenna at Rossmore Speech and Drama School, Megan is currently preparing for her LSMD Grade 5 Speech and Drama exam, having achieved 93% in her last LSMD Speech and Drama exam, in May 2014. Megan will be performing Eavan Boland’s poem Quarantine on RTÉ television in March so keep an eye out!
What is Poetry Aloud?
Poetry Aloud is the annual poetry speaking competition organised by the National Library and Poetry Ireland. It is open to all post-primary school students on the island of Ireland. Run by the National Library in conjunction with Poetry Ireland, the Poetry Aloud competition was honoured at a gala ceremony at the British Library in London at which poet Seamus Heaney was presented with the David Cohen Prize for Literature in 2009 for a lifetime's achievement in literature.
About the Leinster School of Music & Drama
The Drama School’s Music and Speech & Drama grade syllabi are taught by dedicated LSMD teachers throughout Ireland as well as on campus at Griffith College Dublin. The Drama School offers exciting lessons and an exam syllabus including Speech & Drama, Effective Communication, Public Speaking and Solo Acting. The Drama School offers Drama Diploma courses (20 credits Certificate in Drama Performance/ LSMD Associate Diploma & 40 credits cert in Drama Teaching/LSMD Licentiate Diploma) courses.