Aoife Gillan, a fifth class pupil at Scoil Muire na Trocaire in Ardee, was given the chance to recite some of her original poetry live on the radio on Wednesday as she was named the third winner of the Greener Christmas Poetry competition.
Aoife’s poem was selected as the very best among entries from primary schools all across Louth her mum Aisling was watching proudly as Aoife recited her poem and explained a little bit about the thinking behind it.
LMFM broadcast live from the school in Ardee, as they have done in the previous three years since it’s launch by Louth County Council and Aoife was given the opportunity to read her poem out live on the radio while the poem will also be broadcast throughout the festive season on the station.
Speaking to Pat O’Shaughnessy, Louth County Council Community & Environment Department Administrative Officer Aisling Sheridan explained a little bit about the competition. “The Greener Christmas Poetry Competition is the result of a challenge that we put out to the schools in Louth to ask the children to create a poem which makes us all a bit more aware about waste prevention over the holiday season.
“We generate a lot of waste – wrapping paper, christmas cards, cardboard, plastic packaging, glass bottles, plastic bottles and not to mention all the food waste. We asked the children to create a poem with one message that might encourage us all to think about waste over the holiday season.”
“The response was phenomenal, as it always is. We were overwhelmed really by the response we received,” she continued.
“The children embraced the idea of a greener environment and saving our environment,” acting principal Ms Kirby said. “They’re great. They’re inspiring.”
In January 2016, Scoil Mhuire na Trocaire were named the overall winners in the 2015 competition, with a poem written by Maya Chanda and Tilly Rogers, who at the time were in 4th and 5th class, respectively, at the school.
Last year, the girls went close again but were beaten by a winning entry from pupils at Philipstown NS.
A joint initiative between Louth County Council and Louth Tidy Towns Together, the event was attended by Louth County Councillor and chairman of Ardee Tidy Towns Jim Tenanty, as well as Louth TTT chair Larry Magnier. Former Ardee TT chair Brendan Matthews also joined the crowd at the school.
As ever, the competition aims to raise awareness of waste prevention over the Christmas period. Below you can read Aoife’s winning poem.
Aoife Gillan – Greener Christmas Poetry Comp Winner
Christmas time is coming, excitement fills the air
Busy shoppers shopping for presents and Christmas fare
But we must try to remember as we buy and buy and buy
That all the packaging and wrapping does not evaporate into the sky.
So think about it people, this waste must go somewhere
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – for the environment we must care.
Reuse that wrapping paper, recycle all you find
And most of all my friend – have a Merry Christmas.