Friday, April 02, 2021


By Joe Barrett

Young anglers in Laois may not be able to stray too far from their homes because of the present 5km travel restriction, but it should not stop them from dreaming of the day when they will catch that ‘big one that got away’.

In an effort to keep young angling enthusiasts mind focused Inland Fisheries Ireland and the Blackrock Education Centre have organised a national ‘Something Fishy’ poetry competition which is aimed at fifth- and sixth-class primary school pupils in Laois and nationwide.

The competition is an opportunity for students to put on their thinking caps and to get creative at home and to learn more about fish.

The competition is to write an acrostic poem, (which the first letter of each line spells out a word). Each pupil is asked to spell out the word ‘STREAM’ and to write their own acrostic poem around it and 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. There is also a category for entries in Irish.

The winning illustrated poems will be chosen by a panel of judges.

Head of business development at Inland Fisheries Ireland Suzanne Campion said: “We are delighted to launch this competition for the second year in a row and are looking forward to seeing the imaginative works the young poets create. There are lots of fun and interactive resources available on 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 email [email protected]

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