The results of the National Seachtain na Gaeilge Youth Competitions were announced on the 28th of April and pupils and teachers in Our Lady’s Bower had much cause to celebrate.
Emily Grace won first prize in Ireland in the Ist Year to 3rd Year poetry writing category with her poem ‘Sióga’ and Eva Barry came first in Ireland in the Transition Year to Leaving Certificate category with her poem entitled ‘Faoi Bhrú’. Emily is no stranger to success as she won second prize in the same category last year and Eva has been producing wonderful poems for the national competition for a number of years.
This is a remarkable achievement as the competition attracted thousands of entrants this year. We in the Bower are very proud of the girls’ achievements and regard them as an inspiration to others who may wish to express themselves in verse. The girls’ poems will be published in the annual school magazine. Congratulations to their teacher Joe Keating, who encouraged them to enter.
Eva, from TY, has already won a scholarship to Kiel in Germany, while second year Emily has been selected for the CTY Ireland Summer Programme which invites exceptional students to participate in the summer courses on offer in Dublin City University based on their performances in Princeton educational tests.