THERE were celebrations in Coláiste Íde recently as parents, teachers and students celebrated the exploits of Dingle's Aoife Nic Bhloscaidh (14) who was awarded first place in the junior category of Concern's Writing Competition.
The nationwide competition invited entrants to imagine that we are already living some 38 years into the future and asked them to write a 1,000 word report for a publication entitled the 'State of the Developing World, 2050'.
Entrants were given free range for their report and were asked to examine the impact of many existing global challenges in a futuristic context, including the effects of climate change, population growth, peace and conflict to mention a few.
Aoife's composition caught the attention of the judges, with her submission earning her first place in the competition's hotly contested junior category and her indepth and insightful report was included in the subsequent winners' compilation which was published towards the end of December.
Head of Active Citizenship for Concern Worldwide, Michael Doorly, travelled to Coláiste Íde to congratulate Aoife on her achievement and attend a special ceremony held in her honour.
At the winner's presentation, Aoife was also joined by her parents Kieran and Julie, her teacher Anna Curtin-Corcoran, Jessica Mauer of Concern, Dingle Parish Priest Canon Tom Looney and Príomhoide of Coláiste Íde Áine Ní Chearbhaill who paid tribute to Aoife in light of her immense talent and work ethic.