Secondary school students on the ‘write’ path

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.

The competition was organised as part of a series of initiatives to celebrate 20 years of the GAA Museum and 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.

Thanks to everyone who entered the competition and congratulations to the winners and runners-up:


Junior Winner (English): Daithi Carolan, Largy College, Clones, Co. Monaghan

Junior winner (Irish): Cainnear Nic Réamoinn, Colaiste Chroi Mhuire, Spiddal, Co. Galway


Benedict Laighléis, St Mary’s Diocesan School, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Ayushi Mahajan, Christ King Secondary School, Cork, Co, Cork

Róisín Ní Dhómhnaill, Colaiste Ghobnait, Inis Óirr, Aran Islands, Co. Galway

Órlaith Ní Dhubhsláine, Gaelcholáiste Chill Dara, Naas, Co. Kildare


Senior Winner (English): Harry Clavin, Meánscoil Gharman, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

Senior Winner (Irish):  Aoife Devlin, Ursuline College, Sligo, Co. Sligo


Eoin Brenner, Middleton CBS Secondary School, Midleton, Co. Cork

Seán Carolan, St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Hollie Hannon, Ursuline College, Sligo, Co. Sligo

Chroídhia Myers, Lusk Community College, Lusk, Co. Dublin