Secondary School's Writing Competition Winners

The GAA Museum invited secondary school students to show off their writing prowess with an essay, short story or poem using the theme ‘’A GAA Legend”. Entries were then judged by a panel of talent-spotting experts, including writer Paul Howard, journalist Cliona Foley and Sean Love of Fighting Words meanwhile the GAA’s Irish Language Development Officer, Jamie O’Tuama oversaw the Irish language entries.

We are delighted to say we recevied an overwhelming response to the competition, with hundreds of entries received, in both English and Irish, across Junior and Senior. 

Unfortunately due to the on-going government restrictions surronding the Covid-19 pandemic we were unable to host our awards lunch for our winners and runners-up but we hope to welcome back these talented writers to the Museum in the near future so they can collect their awards and certificates.

We would like to thank everyone who entered and congratulations to the winners and runners-up.

Click on the student names below to read their written piece:

Junior Section:

Junior Winner (English): Lily Van Den Bergh, Dunamase College, Portlaoise, Co. Laois

Junior Winner (Irish): Caitríona Ní Mhathúna, Coláiste Chroí Mhuire, Spiddal, Co. Galway


Cormac Delaney, Holy Rosary College, Mountbellow, Co. Galway

Aoibhinn Keegan, Ballinamore Community School, Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim

Jack O'Domhnaill, Coláiste Ghobnait, Inish Orr, Arann, Co. Galway

Méadbh Ní Chualáin, Coláiste Chroi Mhuire, Spiddal, Co. Galway

Senior Section:

Senior Winner (English): Katie Riordan, Scoil Ruain, Killenaule, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Senior Winner (Irish): Alannah Ní Eochaidh, Coláiste Pobal Naomh Mhichil, Co. Clare​.


Sean Conway, Athlone Communtiy College, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

Hannah Nic Eindrí, Coláiste Oiriall, Cnoc an Chonnaidh, Co. Monaghan

Emily Keane, Davis College, Mallow, Co. Cork

Mícheál O'Muirí, St Colm's High School, Draperstown, Co. Derry

Outstanding Achievement Award:

Ben Hogan, Prersentation De La Salle College, Muine Bheag, Co. Carlow