Ciarán’s French Flair Wins €2,150 Prize In National Competition

Posted by

Ciarán Ó Donnchú (second left), winner of a national writing competition, with French teacher Honor Nic Gloinn and students Danica Ní Chéileachair, Clodagh Ní Chonchúir, Bríd Sionóid and Seán Ó Loingsigh. Photo by Dermot Crean

A STUDENT from Tralee has won a national competition which will see him and some classmates off to a French-speaking country.

Ciarán Ó Donnchú, a Transtion Year student in Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí won prize fund of €2,150 for his winning entry in a competition to celebrate European Day of Languages which takes place on September 26.

The competition, organised by Léargas in collaboration with Euroguidance Ireland, was called “My Dream Job…” and required students to submit a covering letter and Europass CV in their chosen European language.

Continued below…


Ciarán used his French skills to pen a sports article on a rugby match in France and an opinion piece on the issue of unemployment in France and won the senior prize for the whole of Ireland.

“You enter these competitions out of hope more than expectation, so it took us all aback when we got the news last week,” said Ciarán. Now he and a few of his classmates will use the prize fund to go to a French-speaking country. “There’s a lot of plotting and planning ahead of us,” he added.

The competition involved cross-curricular aspects of the Transition Year programme under Michelle D’Altúin and also saw Ciarán use his career skills under the guidance of Eibhlín Ní Mhuircheartaigh, Careers and Guidance Counsellor.

Comments are closed.