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2020/2021 Shortlist


The Regional Writing Centre is delighted to announce our shortlist of winners for the Ninth Annual National Secondary School Essay Writing Competition. Due to the low number of submissions this year, we are combining the categories of transition year and fifth year, meaning there is one overall winner and two runners up. All who have submitted essays to us this year should be very proud of all the hard work and dedication put in. As always, the Regional Writing Centre thanks you for your participation.

So, without further ado, here is the shortlist of winners:

  • William Quinlan,  St. Josephs College, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary -Winner
  • Oscar Murphy, Sandford Park School, Ranelagh, Dublin 6. - Runner Up


On May 26th, these shortlisted entrants will be welcomed to an online ceremony to announce the order of winners. The overall winner will be awarded an Android tablet, with each runner-up receiving a One-For-All voucher valued at €100.



Finally, we reiterate our gratitude to all competition entrants who worked so hard on their essays. Thank you too to all of our Readers/Judges for volunteering for the weeks of reading and taking on the difficult work of selecting winners from a large number of very good essay submissions. A list of our essay judges has been included below.


Míle buíochas

  • Andrea Crockett
  • Brian Ronayne
  • Eamonn O Sullivan
  • Elisa Pinesich
  • Katie Delaney
  • Kellie Maher
  • Massilia Ait Ali Slimane
  • Mileta Formalyte
  • Nigel Rafferty
  • Stephen Willis
  • Susan Coleman