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Darren Shan Zombie Writing Competition

 Darren Shan Zombie Writing Competition
Date: 20 Mar 2013
The students brief was to write an essay beginning with the words from Darren Shan’s latest novel, "Zom-B"- “it was the darkest, most wretched hour of the night when the dead came back to life and spread like a plague of monstrous locusts through the village of Pallaskenry..."
After much deliberation, the winners were selected and- 7 winners from St Nessans Community College:
All of the students were whisked off to meet the world famous author Darren Shan and each student received a signed copy of his latest book "Zom-B". This event took place on Tuesday 26th Feb at 12.00 noon, at The Georgian House, 2 Pery Square, Limerick. The reception lasted approximately two hours and the students got to meet and talk to Darren Shan and find out all his writing secrets. 
All schools that took part received a selection of Darren Shan books for their students to enjoy. There was a fantastic response to this competition here in the school and we plan to display all entries in the school Library for all our students and parents to see. So massive thanks to all who supported and encouraged the students-every little bit helps! This is just one of the many Literacy Interventions running here in the school to encourage all our students to read and write more. "Events like this act as an incentive for students to put pen to paper and get writing," said Ms. Marie Toomey, the JCSP Coordinator at the school. "The JCSP programme is designed to ensure that these young people can benefit from their time in school and enjoy the experience of improvement and success. This is just one of the many events that we get involved in to make the experience of school relevant and accessible and ultimately fun", she added.
This JCSP event was open to all schools in Limerick city and county and a total of 10 schools took part. All the student’s essays were displayed at No 2, Pery Square and Darren Shan encouraged all the students to write every day. He also stressed the importance of reading in this technical age. Kieran O’ Donnell, Limerick TD who supported the event spoke about the importance of reading in developing ones' vocabulary and writing. He also stressed the importance of reading every day whether its comics, magazines, graphic novels or indeed one of our many local newspapers in the Limerick area. Deputy Mayor, Joe Leddin also spoke about the power of a book to transport you into another world and the importance of reading for education and pleasure.

Pictured above:  Grace Rogan 1DE, Shane Leahy 1DE, Christopher O Brien 1DE, Conor Hannan 1DE, Cian Guerin 1DI, Kim Kiely 2DE & Gary Dillon 2DA.