Dundalk student Jimmy wins through to take national writing prize

Dundalk student Jimmy wins through to take national writing prize
Third year De La Salle student, Jimmy Dunne, from Dundalk beat off stiff competition from second-level students around the country to be awarded first place in the junior category of the FREE ‘Tell The Future’ all-island story writing competition.

Third year De La Salle student, Jimmy Dunne, from Dundalk beat off stiff competition from second-level students around the country to be awarded first place in the junior category of the FREE ‘Tell The Future’ all-island story writing competition.

Jimmy’s winning entry in the junior category was entitled ‘The Energy Independent Home of the Future’ and focused on powering Ireland’s homes using only renewable energy.

Jimmy’s creative entry concentrated on making all houses energy efficient by ensuring they had insulation, solar panels, wind mills and made use of geothermal and hydro energy.

Bringing these written stories to life is a key feature of this year’s Tell The Future competition, and Jimmy’s entry will be transformed into a one-of-a-kind animated video.

In addition, Jimmy also received an iPad and a specially-engraved trophy, while his school received five Netbook laptops, with branded mouse pads and t-shirts for his class.

The Tell The Future story-writing competition was launched last year with an aim to encourage second-level students to share their ideas on how to power Ireland into the future in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly way.

The Tell The Future judging panel comprised of senior management personnel from Government state agency, Science Foundation Ireland, leading youth oganisation, Foróige and the Northern Ireland-based Rural Development Council.

“Once again we are delighted to have received so many creative entries to the FREE Tell The Future competition,” said Michael Kossack, CEO of Calor Gas.

“It is great to see such passion and enthusiasm about environmental issues from our younger generation and we were very impressed with the inventive ideas they have come up with to ensure that Ireland becomes an adaptable and sustainable country in its energy usage.”

Jimmy’s animated story will be transformed into a one-of-a-kind animated video and will be posted online, at, www.TellTheFuture.eu, very shortly.