Award winning author Donal Ryan returned to Mountrath Community School on March 3 to present the prizes for his Short Story competition.
Donal had previously attended the school to give a creative writing class to students from different years, and had very generously promised to donate €100 as a prize for the best story.
On his return, Donal spoke about the wonderful magic of story telling and the exceptional quality of the students writing, who he said “were all winners”.
Jimmy Kavanagh, Sixth Year, came 1st for his outstanding and witty piece called “The Enchanting Tale of Pedro Rodriguez and other stories”.
2nd place went to Sorcha Gleeson, Sixth Year, for her story “Colours”, which Donal described as “heartbreaking and beautifully written”.
Joint 3rd place was awarded to two Third Years, Shauna Phelan for her story “I Believe”, and Domhnall O Farrell for his piece called “Colours of Life”.
These students will broadcast their winning stories on the Arts Show “Encore” by Claire O Brien of Midlands Radio in the coming weeks.
Donal also mentioned three students, Emily Brophy, Anna Delaney and Tara Hanniffy, who dealt with cyber bullying in their stories, and he said that they highlighted a very real problem in the life of teenagers.