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Greystones Girl Wins Commendation In National Poet Competition

An eleven-year old girl from Greystones, is celebrating this morning, after receiving a commendation in this year’s Foyle Young Poets of the year awards.

Kate O’Brien was among 15,000 to enter this year’s competition, and is one of just 85 to receive the commendation for her eight line poem “Before”.


Before the dew on the grass 

Before the car drove past 

Before lights turned on 

Before you went out and saw the sun

Before you brushed your teeth 

Before you had something to eat 

Before you woke and got out of bed 

I placed a kiss upon your head.


First published by The Poetry Society, October 2020


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