World Poetry Day is an international event started by UNESCO in 1999 to give fresh recognition and impetus to national, regional, and international poetry movements’.

Clonard College celebrated the day in 2023 with a poetry reading by staff and students in the library. An appreciative audience listened and applauded students and staff reading poems in a welcoming and encouraging environment. Other activities included poetry being read over the P.A at the beginning of breaks throughout the school day, a Blind Date with a Poetry Book activity as well as the annual Clonard World Poetry Day competition. The two winners in 2023 were Rymaux G (junior) and Maria Gl (senior).