THERE were six finalists chosen from around the country in an essay competition run by the Royal College of Surgeons and Colaiste Iosagain’s transition year Niamh Hogan was one of them.
Each of the students had to make an eight minute presentation in front of a judging panel in The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, on Kildare Street, Dublin.
Following the eight minute presentation there was an open two minute slot for the judges to ask any questions they liked regarding the presentation they had just given. The essay was entitled ‘What does the age of consent for sexual intercourse mean to young people in Ireland?’.
There were two students chosen to go forward to speak at the public conference in May during the sexual health and awareness campaign. Niamh did not get through to this point but she was delighted with herself for even getting as far as she did with the essay. There was huge competition and there were quite a few different points of view on the topic from the other contestants that day.