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Primary school poets ‘hook’ prizes in national competition- Media Release

  • Minister Eamon Ryan announces winners of the ‘Something Fishy’ national poetry competition from over a hundred entries
  • Primary schools in Tipperary, Carlow, Clare, Donegal and Dublin ‘reel in’ top prizes in competition organised by Inland Fisheries Ireland and Blackrock Education Centre.

Two young poets from Tipperary and Carlow have scooped the top prizes in this year’s ‘Something Fishing’ national poetry competition, which is organised by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) in conjunction with the Blackrock Education Centre.

Orlaith Timmons, a fifth-class pupil from Moycarkey National School in Thurles and Aoibhé Kieran, a sixth-class pupil from Ballon National School in Carlow each won the top prize in their categories for their nature-themed poetry.

Orlaith Timmons

Orlaith Timmons, 1st Prize Winner, Fifth Class Category

Earlier this year, primary school students around the country were challenged by Inland Fisheries Ireland to create an ‘acrostic’ poem, where the first letter of each line spells out the word ‘Stream’ (for an English language poem) or ‘Sruth’ (for an Irish language poem).

Announcing the winners, the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD said: “These are gorgeous poems that really capture the joy these young people are experiencing spending time in nature. I’d like to congratulate all our budding young poets on their achievements this year. Through this environmental competition, primary school children have shown huge enthusiasm for nature, fish, other wildlife and the world around us. Improving our children’s knowledge and understanding of biodiversity, through initiatives like this one, will be an important part of our climate action efforts.”

Aoibhe Kieran

Aoibhé Kieran, 1st Prize, Sixth Class Category

The national poetry competition is an important element of the wider ‘Something Fishy’ Educational Programme, aimed at primary school pupils aged between ten and thirteen. It educates students on the importance of biodiversity and on having sustainable habitats, fish and angling. Despite school closures during the 2020/2021 academic year, online content was still available to pupils and teachers through the official website at

From over a hundred entries, the poetry competition judging panel also selected runners-up from Ballon National School and Bennekerry National School (Carlow), Scoil Mhuire National School in Corofin (Galway), Scoil Cholmcille in Greencastle (Donegal) and St Canice’s Girls National School in Finglas (Dublin).

Praising the young winners and their schools, Suzanne Campion, Head of Business Development at Inland Fisheries Ireland said: “By researching and writing about fish, wildlife and rivers from an early age, primary school children are learning really important lessons about biodiversity and how we all have a role to play in protecting and conserving our environment. Congratulations to all our winners and our thanks to everyone who took part in this year’s competition. I’d also like to thank all the Teachers, Principals and school staff who supported the ‘Something Fishy’ programme and competition over the last year.”

The overall winners will receive a fishing kit to the value of €100 and runners-up will receive an outdoor field trip kit, to the value of €50. Third placed winners and special category winners will receive goody bags.

Dr Susan Gibney, Director of the Blackrock Education Centre said: “This year we received fantastic entries from budding poets and nature enthusiasts. With a total of 114 entries in the competition for its second year running, it is encouraging to see the interest amongst young people across Ireland. Competitions like this not only help with student’s literacy skills but also expands their knowledge of the biodiversity that exists around them in our lakes and rivers.”

The ‘Something Fishy’ educational programme includes lesson plans for teachers and activity sheets based on the theme of the ‘Life cycle of salmon’ - Bradán. information about the programme is available from

All winning poems from the 2021 ‘Something Fishy’ national poetry competition can be read at


Notes to the Editor:

Winning Poems from the 2021 ‘Something Fishy’ Poetry Competition, organised by Inland Fisheries Ireland and the Blackrock Education Centre

5th Class Category Winner: Orlaith Timmons, Fifth Class at Moycarkey National School in Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Stream by Orlaith Timmons

Salmon in shoals, heading up the river,

Trout dart past the heron, to avoid being dinner.

Reeds by the side, whistle in the breeze,

Eels by the score, slink, and slither with ease

Above are the swallows, dragon flies and the kingfisher,

Moles and the mink, the otter, and the dipper.

6th Class Category Winner: Aoibhé Kieran, Sixth Class, Ballon National School in Carlow

Stream by Aoibhé Kieran

Sitting by the river or sometimes by the sea, I often think that I can see the fish stare back at me.

Trout, Salmon, Rudd and Perch are the fish that come to mind. They might come close for us to see if we could just be quiet and kind.

Ripples in the water is a sign that they are near, when the sun shimmers off their scales we can see them nice and clear.

Every now and then they will leap into the air and when they disappear from sight I often stand and stare.

My days by the river are special to me as I watch all this wildlife…wild and free.

Full list of competition winners:

All prize-winning poems can be read on the competition website at

The full results from the 2021 ‘Something Fishy’ from Inland Fisheries Ireland competition are as follows:

5th Class Category



1st prize

Orlaith Timmons

Moycarkey National School, Pouldine, Thurles, Co Tipperary

2nd Prize

Kate Campion

Bennekerry N.S. Carlow, Co Carlow

3rd Prize

Billy O’Brien

Scoil Mhuire NS, Corofin, Co. Clare

6th Class Category



1st prize

Aoibhé Kieran

Ballon National School, Ballon, Co. Carlow

2nd Prize

Grace Walker

Ballon National School, Ballon, Co. Carlow

3rd Prize

Aodhan Walsh

St Colmcille's NS, Aughnacliffe, Co Longford

Irish Language Category



Irish Language

Abby Donnelly

St Canice’s GNS, Finglas, Dublin


For media information:

Sarah Bohan/ Sadhbh O’Neill


Inland Fisheries Ireland


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About Inland Fisheries Ireland

Inland Fisheries Ireland is a statutory body operating under the aegis of the Department of Environment, Climate and Communication (DECC) and was established under the Fisheries Act on 1st July 2010. Its principal function is the protection and conservation of the inland fisheries resource. Inland Fisheries Ireland promotes supports, facilitates and advises the Minister on the conservation, protection, management, development and improvement of inland fisheries, including sea angling. Inland Fisheries Ireland also develops policy and national strategies relating to inland fisheries and sea angling and advises the Minister on same.