Presidential praise for novice poets
PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins said he was inspired by the beautiful simplicity in the poems written by the mentally challenged at a special awards ceremony celebrating their work last night, writes Allison Bray.
He presented four aspiring poets -- all of whom have intellectual disabilities -- with an honourary wood-crafted pen after they were named the winners of a national poetry competition run by Inclusion Ireland as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.
The works of 19 of the top runners-up among 200 entries were displayed at the ceremony in the National Library.
Sadly, overall winner David Cormican (65), of Galway, passed away from a long-term illness just days before the ceremony in which his poem 'I am a Tree' scooped him the prize.
Other winners included Sharon Murray, Bernard Deering and James Ledwidge.