WRITING COMPETITION

Dundalk secondary student wins top travel writing award

Tia Clarke

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Dundalk secondary student wins top travel writing award

Éadaoin Drumgoole with her father Paddy Drumgoole after winning the prize

A 13-year-old Dundalk student has won a top prize in the junior category in a national writing competition. 

Éadaoin Drumgoole, who attends the Louis school in Dundalk, won first prize in the Immrama School’s Travel Writers Competition for her imaginative letter about her trip to Prague. 

Her letter was also published along with the two other winners in The Irish Independent newspaper's weekend supplement. 

Close to 500 entries were received from schools across Ireland for this year's competition. 

For 2019, the competition was opened up to Primary schools and also for the first time ever included schools in all 32 counties.

Students ages ranged from 10 to 18 and the quality and standard of this year's entries was exceptional.

Following on from themes of previous years, budding young writers were encouraged to submit entries based on the theme of ‘Letters to Home’; Secondary school level students in the form of 500 word short stories and Primary school level students (5th & 6th class) 250-word ‘Postcards to Home’.

The winners and their teachers were awarded their prizes at this year's festival in Lismore on Saturday, June 15.

Judges for this year's competition; Stephen Kavanagh CEO Aer Lingus, Pól O’Conghaile, Award-winning Travel Writer
Debbie Byrne, MD of An Post Vickie Stephenson Director CX EMEA Airbnb, Phil Cottier CEO The CX Collection


Primary School - Category 1st Place - A Letter Home
Aisling Brennan - age 12
St John of Gods National School, Waterford
Teacher Clare Sheane
Prizes: Student: I Chromebook + €100 Amazon Voucher + Immrama Travel Writing trophy
Teacher: One-night Bed and Breakfast in the 5-Star Cliff House Hotel Secondary School 

Junior Category - 1st Place - Czech it out!
Eadaoin Drumgoole - age 13
St Louis Secondary School Dundalk
Teacher Deirdre Smith
Prizes: Student: I Chromebook + €100 Amazon Voucher + Immrama Travel Writing trophy
Teacher: One-night Bed and Breakfast in the 5-Star Cliff House Hotel

Secondary School - Senior Category - 1st Place - Snails for Dinner!
Jessica Enright - age 16 
Scoil Mhuire Greenhill, Carrick on Suir
Teacher Alison Duffy
Prizes: Student: I Chromebook + €100 Amazon Voucher + Immrama Travel Writing trophy
Teacher: One-night Bed and Breakfast in the 5-Star Cliff House Hotel

Special Judges award
Teacher Mrs Hanley
Athlone Community College
Prize: €100 Amazon voucher