ADD-NI’s Young People



 One of ADDNI’s Talented Young People 


My name is Paul McClenaghan, I am 11 years old & I have ADHD. I am good at racing, dancing, helping others and writing poems. My mum says I am very handsome, a champion talker and the most caring and kind kid she knows. I have AD/HD and that’s ok because it means I have a better imagination than others.                      
Young person Paul McClenaghan from Glengormley has had his poem selected from thousands across Europe including the likes of France, Spain and Germany to be published in a book of Peace Poems.


The poems in the book have been written by children from different countries and cultures with one common desire: a wish for peace.

‘Peace Poems drums for peace 2011- Neuruppin’ was compiled from five schools within the Comenius Project.

As Paul is currently attending one of ADD-NI’s young people’s programmes, the news of this success was so great the staff at ADD-NI wanted to publish his poem in the Newsletter and website.

This goes to prove that young people with AD/HD have immense strengths and are wonderfully creative. Paul has made many people very proud including everyone at ADD-NI.

Well done Paul , Congratulations, I am sure this is the first of many.






Peace is the rustle of leaves across the Autumn ground,

It is listening happily to the birds singing in the trees.

 Peace is going inside and smelling mum’s cooking,

It is family photographs hanging on the wall.

 Peace is the smooth leather of my baby brother’s toy,

Or the softness of his hair in my hand.

 Peace is watching the birds flying out from the branches.

The clock’s ticking as I’m thinking about peace.



By Paul McClenaghan © 



                                                                           Paul and his very proud mum Casheen.