Largy College is delighted to announce that third year student, Daithi Carolan, has won a national writing competition which was organised as part of a series of initiatives to celebrate 20 years of the GAA Museum. The competition encouraged students to submit essays, short stories and poems on the theme of “The GAA is at the heart of who we are”.
There was an overwhelming response to the competition, with hundreds of entries received, in both English and Irish, across junior and senior categories.
A panel of talent-spotting experts were tasked with the unenviable job of selecting the winners and runners-up. The English language entries were judged by professional writers Paul Howard, Fiona Looney and Sean Love, whilst the GAA’s Director of Communications, Alan Milton and the GAA’s Irish Language Development Officer, Jamie O’Tuama oversaw the Irish language entries.
Daithi’s poem ‘The GAA is in our hearts’ was selected as the Junior Category winner of the GAA Museum’s Secondary Schools writing competition. The winners and runners-up of the GAA Museum’s Secondary School Writing Competition were congratulated by An Uachtarán Cumann Lúthcleas Gael, John Horan, at a special presentation in Croke Park recently on Tuesday the 5th February. Daithi was accompanied at this event by his parents, Davina and Eanna Carolan and his English teacher Geraldine Lyons. After the presentation there was a behind the scenes tour of Croke Park for all the winners and runners up. This proved an enjoyable afternoon for all involved.
Largy College are extremely proud of Daithi, as, from the hundreds of entries received, his poem was chosen as the best in his category, by a panel of talent-spotting experts and professional writers.