'A Poem as lovely as a tree' Schools Poetry Competition for National Tree Week 2018

9 March 18

To mark National Tree Week, the Pearse Museum and St. Enda's Park, Rathfarnham invited school children from across Dublin City and County to write a poem inspired by trees and forests.

St. Enda's Park contains hundreds of beautiful trees and was formerly the home of Scoil Éanna, Patrick Pearse's experimental school.  Pearse moved his school to scenic Rathfarnham in 1910 because he was anxious that his pupils should develop a 'real interest and love for beautiful living things'.  Pearse was a great lover of nature and many of his poems and other writings were inspired by the beautiful landscape of St. Enda's Park.

Hundreds of children entered the competition. After much deliberation, the Pearse Museum is delighted to announce the winning poems:

Aged 7 to 9

  • Rosie May Penn Chester, Howth N.S.  (Overall winner)
  • Parina Rucktooa, St. Raphaela's Primary School, Stillorgan (Prizewinner)
  • Florence Howe, Griffith Barracks Multi-Denominational School (Prizewinner)
  • May Flood-Lawless, Griffith Barracks Multi-Denominational School (Prizewinner)
  • Hannah Hogan, Castaheany Educate Together N.S., Ongar (Prizewinner)

Aged 10 to 12

  • Ava Connolly, Divine Word N.S. (Overall winner)
  • Kaitlyn Admirand, Rathfarnham Educate Together N.S (Prizewinner)
  • Lucie Walsh, St. Louis Senior Primary School (Prizewinner)
  • Laura Murphy, St. Columba's N.S., Drumcondra (Prizewinner)

The winners will be presented with their prizes at a special event in the Pearse Museum on Saturday, 10 March at 11.00


For further information, contact Brian Crowley on 01 493 4208 or brian.crowley@opw.ie

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Notes to Editors:

The Pearse Museum is operated by the Office of Public Works and is situated in St. Enda’s Park, Rathfarnham.  Originally run as a school, the building now houses a museum looking at the life and work of Patrick Pearse.  The museum is open seven days a week, from 09.30 to 17.30

Patrick Pearse was the leader of the Easter Rising and one of the principal authors of the 1916 Proclamation.  He was also a leading campaigner for the Irish language, a writer and inspiring educator.  He moved Scoil Éanna, his experimental school, to Rathfarnham in 1910 to the building which now houses the Pearse Museum.