Oireachtas Essay Competition

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Oireachtas Essay Competition

2023/24

Letter from the Organisers

A chairde,

We were delighted by the response to the Oireachtas Essay Competition. Congratulations, not just to our winners, but to all who participated. Please keep up your interest in our political process and encourage others to do likewise. Our democracy works best when the maximum number of citizens are engaged with and involved in public decision-making.

We would like to say special thanks to all those who helped to make the Oireachtas Essay Competition such a success: the sponsors (Eason, Folens and CJ Fallon), schools leadership and teachers, management and representative bodies in education, the Competition assessors and judges, the parents and families who encouraged their loved ones to participate, Western Web Marketing who produced the Competition website, the Competition organisation team and all the Oireachtas staff who gave of their time and expertise along the way.

We look forward to next year’s Oireachtas Essay Competition, with even more entries from schools and students nationwide!

Le gach dea-ghuí,

Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD,
Ceann Comhairle
Senator Rónán Mullen,
Competition Convenor

Images from Oireachtas Essay Competition 2023/24

Supported by An Ceann Comhairle and with thanks to the Oireachtas Education Unit

Oireachtas Essay Competition 2023/24 Awards Ceremony
(Footage courtesy of Oireachtas TV)

National Winners

Mikeala Dyer and Eve Ní Chanainn

National and Regional Winners

L to R: Eve Ní Chanainn, Jaceb Fegan, Cormac Fulton Wygers, Karo Bekker, Thomas Godfrey, Mikeala Dyer.

Winning Schools 2023/24

2023/24

Competition Winners / Buaiteoirí an Chomórtais

Overall Winner English Language

Student / Scoláire: Mikeala Dyer. School / Scoil: Our Lady of Mercy College, Beaumont, Dublin 9. Congratulations to Mikeala, the National Winner of Oireachtas Essay Competition 2023/24. Comhghairdeas le Mikeala, Buaiteoir Náisiúnta Chomórtas Aiste an Oireachtais 2023/24.

Overall Winner Irish Language

Student / Scoláire: Eve Ní Chanainn. School / Scoil: Coláiste an Eachréidh, Baile Átha an Rí, Co. na Gaillimhe Congratulations to Eve, the National Winner of Oireachtas Essay Competition 2023/24. Comhghairdeas le Eve, Buaiteoir Náisiúnta Chomórtas Aiste an Oireachtais 2023/24.

Connacht / Cúige Chonnacht

Student / Scoláire: Thomas Godfrey.
School / Scoil:  Coláiste Iognáid, Sea Road, Galway City.

Congratulations to Thomas, Connacht Regional Winner of Oireachtas Essay Competition 2023/24.
Comhghairdeas le Thomas, Buaiteoir Réigúnach (Cúige Chonnacht) Chomórtas Aiste an Oireachtais 2023/24.


Dublin / Co. Bhaile Átha Cliath

Student / Scoláire: Ava Donohue.
School / Scoil:  St Andrew’s College, Booterstown, Co. Dublin.

Congratulations to Ava, Dublin Regional Winner of Oireachtas Essay Competition 2023/24.
Comhghairdeas le Ava, Buaiteoir Réigúnach (Co. Bhaile Átha Cliath) Chomórtas Aiste an Oireachtais 2023/24.


Leinster (excluding Dublin) / Cúige Laighean

Student / Scoláire: Karo Bekker.
School / Scoil: St. Brendan’s Community School, Birr, Co Offaly.

Congratulations to Karo, Leinster Regional Winner of Oireachtas Essay Competition 2023/24.
Comhghairdeas le Karo, Buaiteoir Réigúnach (Cúige Laighean) Chomórtas Aiste an Oireachtais 2023/24.


Munster / Cúige Mumhan

Student / Scoláire: Cormac Fulton Wygers.
School / Scoil: Mount Saint Michael, Rosscarbery, Co. Cork.

Congratulations to Cormac, Munster Regional Winner of Oireachtas Essay Competition 2023/24.
Comhghairdeas le Cormac, Buaiteoir Réigúnach (Cúige Mumhan) Chomórtas Aiste an Oireachtais 2023/24.


Ulster / Cúige Uladh

Student / Scoláire: Jaceb Fegan.
School / Scoil: Our Lady and St Patrick’s College, Belfast, Co. Antrim.

Congratulations to Jaceb, Ulster Regional Winner of Oireachtas Essay Competition 2023/24.
Comhghairdeas le Jaceb, Buaiteoir Réigúnach (Cúige Uladh) Chomórtas Aiste an Oireachtais 2023/24.


Connacht / Cúige Chonnacht

Student / Scoláire: Hannah Feeney
School / Scoil: Dominican College, Taylor’s Hill, Galway City.

Congratulations to Hannah, Highly Commended (Connacht) in the Oireachtas Essay Competition 2023/24.
Comhghairdeas le Hannah, a ghnóthaigh Árdmholadh (Cúige Chonnacht) i gComórtas Aiste an Oireachtais 2023/24.


Student / Scoláire: Clodagh McDonagh.
School / Scoil: Presentation College, Headford, Co Galway.

Congratulations to Clodagh, Highly Commended (Connacht) in the Oireachtas Essay Competition 2023/24.
Comhghairdeas le Clodagh, a ghnóthaigh Árdmholadh (Cúige Chonnacht) i gComórtas Aiste an Oireachtais 2023/24.


Dublin / Co. Bhaile Átha Cliath

Student / Scoláire: Sumer Iyer.
School / Scoil: Marino College, Marino, Dublin 3.

Congratulations to Sumer, Highly Commended (Dublin) in the Oireachtas Essay Competition 2023/24.
Comhghairdeas le Sumer, a ghnóthaigh Árdmholadh (Co. Bhaile Átha Cliath) i gComórtas Aiste an Oireachtais 2023/24.


Student / Scoláire: Katie Doran Stapleton.
School / Scoil: Institute of Education, Leeson Street Lower, Dublin 2.

Congratulations to Katie, Highly Commended (Dublin) in the Oireachtas Essay Competition 2023/24.
Comhghairdeas le Katie, a ghnóthaigh Árdmholadh (Co. Bhaile Átha Cliath) i gComórtas Aiste an Oireachtais 2023/24.


Leinster / Cúige Laighean

Student / Scoláire: MacDara Ó Raghallaigh.
School / Scoil: Boyne Community School, Trim, Co. Meath.

Congratulations to MacDara, Highly Commended (Leinster) in the Oireachtas Essay Competition 2023/24.
Comhghairdeas le MacDara, a ghnóthaigh Árdmholadh (Cúige Laighean) i gComórtas Aiste an Oireachtai 2023/24.


Student / Scoláire: Ciarán Crowley.
School / Scoil: Colaiste Choilm, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Congratulations to Ciarán, Highly Commended (Leinster) in the Oireachtas Essay Competition 2023/24.
Comhghairdeas le Ciarán, a ghnóthaigh Árdmholadh (Cúige Laighean) i gComórtas Aiste an Oireachtais 2023/24.


Munster / Cúige Mumhan

Student / Scoláire: Ben Moloney.
School / Scoil: Coláiste Chiaráin, Croom, Co.Limerick.

Congratulations to Ben, Highly Commended (Munster) in the Oireachtas Essay Competition 2023/24.
Comhghairdeas le Ben, a ghnóthaigh Árdmholadh (Cúige Mumhan) i gComórtas Aiste an Oireachtais 2023/24.


Student / Scoláire: Grace Moloney.
School / Scoil: St Augustine’s College, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.

Congratulations to Grace, Highly Commended (Munster) in the Oireachtas Essay Competition 2023/24.
Comhghairdeas le Grace, a ghnóthaigh Árdmholadh (Cúige Mumhan) i gComórtas Aiste an Oireachtais 2023/24.


Ulster / Cúige Uladh

Student / Scoláire: Eva Tinney.
School / Scoil: Loreto Community School, Milford, Co. Donegal.

Congratulations to Eva, Highly Commended (Ulster) in the Oireachtas Essay Competition 2023/24.
Comhghairdeas le Eva, a ghnóthaigh Árdmholadh (Cúige Uladh) i gComórtas Aiste an Oireachtais 2023/24.


Student / Scoláire: Sarah McArdle.
School / Scoil: St Catherine’s College, Convent Road, Armagh.

Congratulations to Sarah, Highly Commended (Ulster) in the Oireachtas Essay Competition 2023/24.
Comhghairdeas le Sarah, a ghnóthaigh Árdmholadh (Cúige Uladh) i gComórtas Aiste an Oireachtais 2023/24.


Gaeilge

Student / Scoláire: Osgur Ó Murchú.
School / Scoil: Coláiste Chroí Mhuire An Spidéal, Co. na Gaillimhe.

Congratulations to Osgur, Highly Commended (Gaeilge) in the Oireachtas Essay Competition 2023/24.
Comhghairdeas le Osgur, a ghnóthaigh Árdmholadh (Gaeilge) i gComórtas Aiste an Oireachtais 2023/24.


Student / Scoláire: Nabeeha Malik.
School / Scoil: Rosemont School, Sandyford, Dublin 18.

Congratulations to Nabeeha, Highly Commended (Gaeilge) in the Oireachtas Essay Competition 2023/24.
Comhghairdeas le Nabeeha, a ghnóthaigh Árdmholadh (Gaeilge) i gComórtas Aiste an Oireachtais 2023/24.

Essay Competition Prizes

Two National Winners

Best Essay in English:

€500 for the winning student
€500 for the winning school

Best Essay in Irish:

€500 for the winning student
€500 for the winning school

Five Regional Winners

Best essay from each of: Dublin, Rest of Leinster, Connacht, Ulster & Munster 

€250 for each winning student
€250 for each winning school

Awards Ceremony

National and Regional Winners attend Awards Ceremony with Lunch in Leinster House, Spring 2024.

Highly Commended

Also, two entries per region and two Irish language entries will be Highly Commended. A presentation, to include a commemorative pen and a €100 cash prize, will be made to Highly Commended students in their schools.

Competition Winners / Buaiteoirí an Chomórtais

Student / Scoláire: James O’Connor.
School / Scoil: Douglas Community School, Clermont Avenue, Douglas, Cork.

Congratulations to James, the National Winner of Oireachtas Essay Competition 2022/23.
Comhghairdeas le James, Buaiteoir Náisiúnta Chomórtas Aiste an Oireachtais 2022/23.


Student / Scoláire: Antaine Ó Séaghdha.
School / Scoil: Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, An Gróbh, Daingean Uí Chúis, Co. Chiarraí.

Congratulations to Antaine, the National Winner of Oireachtas Essay Competition 2022/23.
Comhghairdeas le hAntaine, Buaiteoir Náisiúnta Chomórtas Aiste an Oireachtais 2022/23.

Connacht / Cúige Chonnacht

Student / Scoláire: Dara Morley.
School / Scoil:  St. Colman’s College, Knock Road, Claremorris, Co. Mayo.

Congratulations to Dara, Connacht Regional Winner of Oireachtas Essay Competition 2022/23.
Comhghairdeas le hAntaine, Buaiteoir Réigúnach (Cúige Chonnacht) Chomórtas Aiste an Oireachtais 2022/23.


Dublin / Co. Bhaile Átha Cliath

Student / Scoláire: Prachi Agrawal.
School / Scoil:  Dominican College Sion Hill, Cross Ave, Blackrock, Dublin, A94 TP97.

Congratulations to Prachi, Dublin Regional Winner of Oireachtas Essay Competition 2022/23.
Comhghairdeas le Prachi, Buaiteoir Réigúnach (Co. Bhaile Átha Cliath) Chomórtas Aiste an Oireachtais 2022/23.


Leinster / Cúige Laighean

Student / Scoláire: Senan Corr.
School / Scoil: Confey Community College, River Forest, Leixlip, Co. Kildare.

Congratulations to Senan, Leinster Regional Winner of Oireachtas Essay Competition 2022/23.
Comhghairdeas le Senan, Buaiteoir Réigúnach (Cúige Laighean) Chomórtas Aiste an Oireachtais 2022/23.


Munster / Cúige Mumhan

Student / Scoláire: Kate McKeon.
School / Scoil: Árd Scoil na nDéise, Convent Road, Dungarvan.

Congratulations to Kate, Munster Regional Winner of Oireachtas Essay Competition 2022/23.
Comhghairdeas le Kate, Buaiteoir Réigúnach (Cúige Mumhan) Chomórtas Aiste an Oireachtais 2022/23.


Ulster / Cúige Uladh

Student / Scoláire: Leanne Healy.
School / Scoil: Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, F92X981.

Congratulations to Leanne, Ulster Regional Winner of Oireachtas Essay Competition 2022/23.
Comhghairdeas le Leanne, Buaiteoir Réigúnach (Cúige Uladh) Chomórtas Aiste an Oireachtais 2022/23.


Connacht / Cúige Chonnacht

Student / Scoláire: Ciara Nic an tSaoir.
School / Scoil: Seamount College Kinvara, Co.Galway, H91 N5P2.

Congratulations to Ciara, Highly Commended (Connacht) in the Oireachtas Essay Competition 2022/23.
Comhghairdeas le Ciara, a ghnóthaigh Árdmholadh (Cúige Chonnacht) i gComórtas Aiste an Oireachtais 2022/23.


Student / Scoláire: Niall Murphy.
School / Scoil: St. Muredach’s College, Sligo Road, Ballina, Co. Mayo.

Congratulations to Niall, Highly Commended (Connacht) in the Oireachtas Essay Competition 2022/23.
Comhghairdeas le Niall, a ghnóthaigh Árdmholadh (Cúige Chonnacht) i gComórtas Aiste an Oireachtais 2022/23.


Dublin / Co. Bhaile Átha Cliath

Student / Scoláire: Eve O’Callaghan.
School / Scoil: Mount Anville Secondary School, Mountanville, Dublin, D14 A8P3.

Congratulations to Eve, Highly Commended (Dublin) in the Oireachtas Essay Competition 2022/23.
Comhghairdeas le Eve, a ghnóthaigh Árdmholadh (Co. Bhaile Átha Cliath) i gComórtas Aiste an Oireachtais 2022/23.


Student / Scoláire: Aobh Counihan.
School / Scoil: St. Louis High School, Convent of Saint Louis, Charleville Rd, Rathmines, Dublin.

Congratulations to Aobh, Highly Commended (Dublin) in the Oireachtas Essay Competition 2022/23.
Comhghairdeas le Aobh, a ghnóthaigh Árdmholadh (Co. Bhaile Átha Cliath) i gComórtas Aiste an Oireachtais 2022/23.


Leinster / Cúige Laighean

Student / Scoláire: Paul Mahon.
School / Scoil: St. Kieran’s College Secondary School College Road, Kilkenny.

Congratulations to Paul, Highly Commended (Leinster) in the Oireachtas Essay Competition 2022/23.
Comhghairdeas le Paul, a ghnóthaigh Árdmholadh (Cúige Laighean) i gComórtas Aiste an Oireachtais 2022/23.


Student / Scoláire: Ben Cranston.
School / Scoil: St Finian’s College Longford Road, Ballyglass, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.

Congratulations to Ben, Highly Commended (Leinster) in the Oireachtas Essay Competition 2022/23.
Comhghairdeas le Ben, a ghnóthaigh Árdmholadh (Cúige Laighean) i gComórtas Aiste an Oireachtais 2022/23.


Munster / Cúige Mumhan

Student / Scoláire: Jonathan O’Shaughnessy.
School / Scoil: Christian Brothers College, Sydney Hill, Wellington Road, Cork.

Congratulations to Jonathan, Highly Commended (Munster) in the Oireachtas Essay Competition 2022/23.
Comhghairdeas le Jonathan, a ghnóthaigh Árdmholadh (Cúige Mumhan) i gComórtas Aiste an Oireachtais 2022/23.


Student / Scoláire: Akshita Gupta.
School / Scoil: Christ King Secondary School, Half Moon Lane, South Douglas Road, Cork City.

Congratulations to Akshita, Highly Commended (Munster) in the Oireachtas Essay Competition 2022/23.
Comhghairdeas le Akshita, a ghnóthaigh Árdmholadh (Cúige Mumhan) i gComórtas Aiste an Oireachtais 2022/23.


Ulster / Cúige Uladh

Student / Scoláire: Thomas Cannon.
School / Scoil: Loreto Community School, Milford Convent Rd, Millford, Milford, Co. Donegal.

Congratulations to Thomas, Highly Commended (Ulster) in the Oireachtas Essay Competition 2022/23.
Comhghairdeas le Thomas, a ghnóthaigh Árdmholadh (Cúige Uladh) i gComórtas Aiste an Oireachtais 2022/23.


Student / Scoláire: Ciaran Fisher.
School / Scoil: St. Joseph’s Boys’ School, Westway, Creggan, Derry. BT48 9NX

Congratulations to Ciaran, Highly Commended (Ulster) in the Oireachtas Essay Competition 2022/23.
Comhghairdeas le Ciaran, a ghnóthaigh Árdmholadh (Cúige Uladh) i gComórtas Aiste an Oireachtais 2022/23.


Gaeilge

Student / Scoláire: Nabeeha Malik.
School / Scoil: Rosemont School, Enniskerry Road, Sandyford, Dublin 18 D18 A8N2.

Congratulations to Nabeeha, Highly Commended (Gaeilge) in the Oireachtas Essay Competition 2022/23.
Comhghairdeas le Nabeeha, a ghnóthaigh Árdmholadh (Gaeilge) i gComórtas Aiste an Oireachtais 2022/23.


Student / Scoláire: Rebecca Kane.
School / Scoil: Coláiste Pobal Rathchairn, Áth Buí, Co. na Mí.

Congratulations to Rebecca, Highly Commended (Gaeilge) in the Oireachtas Essay Competition 2022/23.
Comhghairdeas le Rebecca, a ghnóthaigh Árdmholadh (Gaeilge) i gComórtas Aiste an Oireachtais 2022/23.

Stages of the Competition

Launch of Oireachtas Essay Competition 2023/24 in Leinster House on Tuesday 17th October 2023.

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The awards ceremony for the National and Regional winners was held in Leinster House on Friday 1st March 2024. Students were joined by family members and representatives from their school communities. 

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The Highly Commended students received a commemorative pen and framed certificate in their schools.

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Stages of the Competition


Launch of Oireachtas Essay Competition 2022/23 in Leinster House on Thursday 22nd September with students from Pobalscoil Iosolde. 

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The awards ceremony was held in Leinster House for the National and Regional winners on Friday 10 March 2023. They were joined by family members and representatives from their school communities. 

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The Highly Commended students received a commemorative pen and framed certificate in their schools.

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Principal Sponsor

Eason

Associate Sponsors

Folens