Friday 25 May 2018

Síomha's first is a double for school

Síomha Ni hAinféin, Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, An Daingean, the Overall Winner of the NewsBrands Ireland Press Pass Awards. Photo: Andres Poveda
Síomha Ni hAinféin, Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, An Daingean, the Overall Winner of the NewsBrands Ireland Press Pass Awards. Photo: Andres Poveda
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

A transition year student who captured the life and adventurous times of a 93-year-old neighbour with "quirky but closely detailed observation" carried off top honours in a nationwide schools' journalism competition.

Síomha Ni hAinféin, Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, Dingle, Co Kerry won the NewsBrands Ireland Press Pass Award, the second year in a row the school has taken the overall prize.

She beat off competition from more than 10,000 TY students, with two other students from the school also among the 16 award winners.

Professor John Horgan, the former Press Ombudsman who chaired the judging panel, said the winner combined "quirky but closely detailed observation with an impressive vocabulary, and a rare ability to understand and describe emotion without becoming mawkish or sentimental".

Press Pass is a Newspapers in Education initiative, promoted by the print media industry with the support of the Department of Education.

This year, the social media platform Twitter came on board as a partner.

Press Pass is aimed at developing literacy and critical thinking skills while also helping students to develop a deeper understanding of news media and how it communicates about the world around them.

Irish Independent

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