Tia essay in new 'Dear Grace' book
A LOUGHSHINNY primary school student has joined the ranks of literary giants who have had their work published.
Tia Mulvey, a sixth class student at St Brendan's National School in Loughshinny, has had her efforts published in this year's Dear Grace novel, which has just been released.
The Grace Nolan Foundation is a non profit organisation and registered charity formed by Michael and June Nolan in November 1999, and was inspired by the short but ebullient life of their daughter Grace, who died, aged nine, from Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT).
Tia is joined by last year's sixth class students Hannah Rudden, Taylor McGarry and Caitlin Young who are also among young writers from all over the country enter a competition to have their story publish in this charity book.
The competition gives the children a chance to write to Grace and to express their creativity with the added bonus of having their worked published in a book.
Over the years at St Brendan's N.S, many children have identified with the competition and enjoyed entering, explained principal Niall Mulvey
'We have had a few essays published in the book before, most notably up to now, Hannah Rudden's stories that have featured on a regular basis.
He explained that this was Tia's first time to enter the competition and she was thrilled to get her story acknowledged in this year's publication.
She was presented her with the prize at a special assembly where she received a Newbridge picture frame from the Dear Grace foundation.
'Tia was genuinely surprised as she was unaware that her story was chosen before she heard her name called out,' ssaid Niall. 'There was great excitement and we were all very proud of all the students who took part and of course those who were published. We look forward to taking part again this year for this great cause.'