National award for Timahoe

Timahoe NS picked up yet another national award recently as 12-year old Christopher Carew won a prestigious Creative Writing award in the Dear Grace competition.

Timahoe NS picked up yet another national award recently as 12-year old Christopher Carew won a prestigious Creative Writing award in the Dear Grace competition.

At an Oscars style ceremony held in the Helix, he was presented with a Newbridge silverware frame and a copy of the Dear Grace book, in which his letter is published.

Class mates Thomas Foyle and Conor McGavin were also celebrating as Thomas was runner up, and Conor was shortlisted for an award.

All students from 5th and 6th classes travelled to the Grace Nolan Foundation Awards, where a host of celebrities such as Brendan O’Carroll, Keith Duffy, Brian Kennedy and Brian Ormond were on hand to present prizes.

The loudest cheers, however, were undoubtedly for surprise special guests Jedward who set the Helix alight as they burst onto the stage.

This is a very special year for The Grace Nolan Foundation, as it was ten years ago that nine year old Grace died from a rare genetic blood cell disorder called HHT.

Her family set up the Foundation to raise funds for research into this little-known condition.

Every year, fifth and sixth class pupils from all over the country are invited enter the competition by writing a letter to Grace telling her all that has happened in the world and in their lives over the past year.

Each letter begins with the words ‘Dear Grace’.

Approximately 30 winning entries are selected from thousands of letters by the panel of judges and published in a book, as well as 30 runner up letters.