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We were delighted that a Third Year student from Glenamaddy Community School was a prize winner in the Teaching English Magazine’s National Poetry Competition.

Barrie Cunningham’s poem, What is a Bull? was highly commended and was one of twenty-one from over three thousand entries to receive a prize. His poem was also published in the winter 2011 edition of the Teaching English Magazine.


What is.....................a Bull?

( Modelled on “What Is.......the Sun?” by Wes Magee)


The Bull is a million hormones

bellowing to get out.


It is a tonne of muscle

waiting to be flexed


It is four hooves

Pawing soft ground


It is two evil eyes

staring back at me


It is a mad maniac

Longing to be free


Barrie Cunningham





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