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Limerick Post-Primary Student Wins National Writing Competition

Limerick Post-Primary Student Wins National Writing Competition
Date: 09 Feb 2012

Emily Jane Waters, a third year student at Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, was chosen as the overall national winner in the Brainfood.ie Writing Competition at an awards ceremony in Dublin on Monday 6th February. Emily’s work entitled ‘The Darkest Hour’ beat off competition from over 5,200 entrants to win first prize. The Brainfood.ie Fantasy Writing Competition was aimed at all students of primary and post-primary schools in the Republic of Ireland. Students were asked to compose their own original fantasy short story.

Fantasy writing, such as the Harry Potter and Twilight series etc., has soared in popularity in recent years and has captured the imaginations of young people all over the country. Given the importance of literacy skills throughout life, this competition was a great opportunity to enable students to tap into their creativity whilst improving their writing and vocabulary skills.

Emily Jane’s English teacher, Sinéad Ní Shúilleabháin, accompanied her to the awards ceremony in Dublin. Commenting afterwards she said: “I was thrilled with the result. Emily Jane is a highly talented and gifted student and I am delighted for her. Sometimes people ask me, if going to an All-Irish college impacts on English, I can firmly respond by saying no, when you consider all of the prizes that students of Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh have won in various English writing competitions”. Ms. Ní Shúilleabháin also praised her colleagues at Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh stating: “We have an excellent English Department at Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh and we are supported to no end by the coláiste in spite of cutbacks and ever-pressing challenges in the economy”.

GCL Príomhoide, Donncha Ó Treasaigh, also praised Emily Jane, her parents, her teacher, Ms. Ní Shúilleabháin, and the competition organisers saying: “Emily Jane is an excellent pupil and is a credit to her parents and teachers. I wish to compliment Brainfood.ie on facilitating this competition and in attracting such a considerable number of entrants totalling over 5,200.” He continued: “Young people need to have as many opportunities as possible, such as these competitions, to express their talents and thoughts. We wish Emily Jane every success in the Junior Certificate this summer.”
Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh is an all-Irish Post-Primary college, under the auspices of City of Limerick VEC, located in the heart of Limerick City offering boys and girls the opportunity of pursuing their second-level education exclusively through the medium of Irish.

Further information: Donncha O Treasaigh, Priomhoide, Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, Meal Síor Anraí, Luimneach. Telephone – 061 404959