A FERMOY schoolboy has proven the art of the spoken word is still very much alive among the next generations of budding Irish poets.
Barry Pierce, a pupil at St Colman's College in Fermoy, beat off stiff opposition to win the senior category in the annual all-island Poetry Aloud poetry competition.
Established in 2006, when it attracted a handful of entries, the competition has gone from strength to strength, this year attracting more than 1,500 entries from post-primary schools north and south of the border.
More than 30 students took part in last Friday's competition final, where they were put through their paces by the three strong judging panel of Maureen Kennelly, the director of Poetry Ireland; poet and translator Peter Sirr and Carmel Naughton of the Naughton Foundation.
Having suitably impressed the judges with his delivery, Barry was awarded with the coveted senior title winning a cheque for €300 and a book token for his school.