St Colman’s College Claremorris student Dara Morley has won the prize for best essay in Connacht at the inaugural Oireachtas Essay Competition prizegiving in Leinster House.

Dara received his prize from Ceann Comhairle, Seán Ó Fearghail TD, at a ceremony attended by the winning students, their parents/guardians, teachers, as well as Competition judges and sponsors. The prizegiving ceremony was followed by lunch and a tour of Leinster House.

 The Competition, sponsored by book publishers and distributors Eason, Folens and CJ Fallon, was devised by Independent NUI Galway Senator Rónán Mullen with the support of An Ceann Comhairle and the Oireachtas Education Unit.

Senior Cycle (5th and 6th Year) and AS/A Level students across the Island of Ireland were invited to submit essays in Irish or English on the theme ‘Parliamentary Politics Matters’ or ‘Tábhacht na Polaitíochta Parlaiminte’.

Over €4,500 in prize money went to the winners.

 The judges praised Dara Morley for writing an essay with a “wide range of arguments in the essay which included diverse references from all sides of the political spectrum.”

Dara has been telling Midwest News Editor Teresa O'Malley more about his essay...




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