Island of Ireland Competition Extension

Never Such Innocence is delighted to be working with Glasnevin Trust to extend the First World War poetry, art, and song competition into the Autumn Term for the Island of Ireland.

The Poetry, Art, and Song project is open to anyone aged 9-16 from the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland.  Submitting your work is completely free of charge, and all entrants will receive a personalised Certificate of Commendation.  Some entrants will have the opportunity to visit Glasnevin on Thursday 13th December to collect their certificates in person.

Poetry and songs can be in any language, and art in any medium.  This could include lino-print, painting, sketch, photography, or collage!

The Never Such Innocence resource provides a child-friendly journey through the First World War covering topics such as the role of animals and advancements in medicine, as well as a dedicated section on Ireland on pages 38-39, two famous Irish War Poets on pages 72-73, and information about the Easter Rising on pages 90-91.  Download the whole resource for free, or to request two free hardcopies simply email the Never Such Innocence team at

To enter simply scroll down and use the online submission forms below! Or you can send your entry, along with a completed entry form, in the post to:

Never Such Innocence
11 Slingsby Place

Entries submitted before Friday 5th October could be included in a special commemorative booklet to mark the contribution of children and young people to the centenary. The deadline to receive a certificate is Thursday 6th December 2018.
Before you submit your entry, please make sure you have read the competition rules.

If you have any queries about the project please contact or call the team on +44 (0)207 836 2603.

You can now submit entries online by scrolling down below these examples of work already submitted!


Somewhere among the clouds above....
by Ruben White from County Donegal

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For a Horse
by Matthew Heaney from Lough View Integrated Primary School

Four fast hooves clip, clip, clopping
Fine high head nodding, bobbing
Smartly stepping, forward going
Wind wafting, soft mane flowing

Long legs lithely trot, trot, trotting
Following orders, slowly stopping
Heavy sack slinging, broad back breaking
Once more starting, muscles aching

Frightened heart thud, thud, thudding
Big brown eyes stinging, streaming
Terrible noises, screaming, moaning
Poisoned air gasping, groaning

Sinews burning, throb, throb, throbbing
Deep in mud, struggling, straining
Smells so dreadful, shocking, stinking
Breathing harshly, downward sinking

Strong neck tensing, pull, pull, pulling
Not giving up, snorting, striving
Journey completed, panting wheezing
Heavy load lifted pain now easing

Heroic war horse – worth remembering!

Submitting your entry
You can use these forms to submit your entry quickly and easily online!  If you are submitting one entry on its own, please use the form on the left.  For multiple or group entries, please use the form on the right. 
Before you submit, please make sure you have read the competition rules.
After you have submitted the work, you will receive a confirmation email.  If you don't receive this please let us know via or call +44(0)207 836 2603.

Individual Entry Form

Class / Group Entry Form