Tralee Writer Shortlisted For Hot Press Competition

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David O’Donoghue.

A TRALEE student has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Hot Press ‘Write Here, Write Now’  competition.

Kerry is represented in the third-level category by David O’Donoghue for Tralee.

The prize for the overall winners includes an internship at Hot Press.


“There was a huge level of interest in the competition, with thousands of entries pouring in,” Hot Press editor and chairman of the judging panel, Niall Stokes said.

“It was really tough narrowing this tsunami down to a shortlist, but that’s what you have to do. In the final analysis, all of the judges were in agreement that the quality of the shortlisted entries was extraordinarily high, and that we have uncovered some remarkable young Irish writing talent. Everyone who is on the shortlist has good reason to feel very proud, as indeed do the schools and colleges in Kerry. In that sense they are all winners.”

David O’Donoghue from Tralee is a student and freelance writer. He studies Journalism and New Media at the University of Limerick.

His writing has appeared in the Irish Independent, Film Ireland, and he is the Political Editor for He writes short fiction and poetry.

David will now go on to battle it out for one of the four overall prizes: an internship with Hot Press during the spring or summer of 2015. The overall winners will also receive a €250 cash prize, a Certificate of Achievement, a Toshiba Click Mini and Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Mouse.

They’ll also have their winning entry published in a special issue of Hot Press.

Each of the 22 winners will receive a one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365, an invaluable tool for students and creative types.

The overall winners will be decided upon after much further deliberation from the judging panel, however, the public can now also get involved by telling Hot Press which entries really caught their eye!

Go to and press the ‘TELL US YOU LIKE THIS’ this button to also put David in the running for the special Write Here Write Now Readers’ Award.

All the shortlisted entries can be read at, where you can show your support for your county in The Readers’ Award.

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