St Patrick’s pupil to read winning poem at HMS Caroline event

St Patrick's College student Maeve Loney who has won a poetry competition organised by the charity "Never Such Innocence" to commemorate Word War 1. Maeve's poem entitled 'No Poppies in the Sand' has won a trip to London for  her and her English teacher Mrs Dempsey. INBT 20-100JC
St Patrick's College student Maeve Loney who has won a poetry competition organised by the charity "Never Such Innocence" to commemorate Word War 1. Maeve's poem entitled 'No Poppies in the Sand' has won a trip to London for her and her English teacher Mrs Dempsey. INBT 20-100JC

A St Patrick’s College pupil has been chosen to read a poem at a special event to be held on HMS Caroline in Belfast.

Maeve Loney won the Never Such Innocence Poetry competition in 2015/16 and has now been asked to read her winning poem to a prestigious audience at the event.

Maeve said: “I am thrilled to have been asked to read my winning poem on the HMS Caroline in Belfast. I would encourage other young people to take part in Never Such Innocence’s final competition, it’s been a fantastic experience so far and reading my poem to such a prestigious audience is a real honour.”

Never Such Innocence is a national education project which aims to engage children in the events of the First World War through the creative arts.

2017/18 will be its final competition as we reach the end of the centenary commemorations.

Maeve previously read her poem at the House of Lords and will now read to a crowd including Captain Chris Smith (Naval Regional Commander for Scotland and NI) and several other schools on the HMS Caroline on October 17.