Father and son story in final

A SHORT story written by Dundalk man Dominic McKevitt has been nominated for the Short Story of the Year category of the 2012 Smedias competition.

A SHORT story written by Dundalk man Dominic McKevitt has been nominated for the Short Story of the Year category of the 2012 Smedias competition.

The 1,500 word short story entitled ‘Daddy, Don’t Walk So Fast’ was shortlisted for the category alongside six other entries submitted by students from all over Ireland.

“The story is an excerpt from a book I am writing about my life. It tells the true story of the last time I saw my father when I was just seven-years-old,” said Dominic who is studying at DkIT.

“The story is set in the early 1960s here in Dundalk. At the time my parents were separated and my father had gone to England to find work.

“One time he came home and decided to try and set up his own business growing and selling vegetables. He made all the plans and even had brochures to buy a van.”

He added: “However, it didn’t work out and he decided to leave Dundalk again. The day he left is imprinted clearly on my mind. I saw him for the last time walking up to the top of Fr Murray Park.

“He held my hand and kissed me for the first time. I knew it would be the last time I would see him. I cried all the way home. It’s a poignant part of my own life.

“I remember every little detail. They call me ‘the elephant’ in my family because I have such a memory for small details. I am delighted that the story has been shortlisted for the award.

“It’s a great boost and gives me great encouragement for the book, which I hope will come out shortly.”

The 12th National Student Media Awards will take place at The Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin on Thursday, April 26 when students will get their equivalent of the Oscars.

Other entrants who have been shortlisted in the Short Story of the Year category include Carrie Bermingham - DCU; Dearbhaile Houston - UL; Anthea Lacchia - TCD; Ruth Lawlor - UCC; Fionn Murphy - UCD and Shane Vaughan - UL.

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Last year students from across the media spectrum won awards in over 30 individual categories, which were judged by Geraldine Kennedy (former Irish Times editor) and Ruth Scott (2fm DJ). The event was attended by over 600 students.