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Monday 22 July 2019

Young AJ is a class act thanks to his writing skills

St Aidan’s Parish School student AJ Tyghe, national runner-up in the 2019An Post/INTO Writing Competition, with principal Frank Murphy and teacher Leona Maguire
St Aidan’s Parish School student AJ Tyghe, national runner-up in the 2019An Post/INTO Writing Competition, with principal Frank Murphy and teacher Leona Maguire

Brendan Keane

Enniscorthy has produced its fair share of exceptional writers and creative artists and it looks like it has another star in the making with AJ Tyghe who is a second class pupil in St Aidan's Parish School.

AJ, who is from the Parklands area of the town, was runner-up in this year's national writing competition organised by An Post and INTO (Irish National Teachers' Organisation).

The competition was held in conjunction with the An Post Irish book awards and, speaking to this newspaper, Frank Murphy, school principal in St Aidan's, said AJ has an 'exceptional talent for writing'.

'He submitted three stories to the competition and he truly is an exceptionally gifted writer,' said Mr Murphy.

'He is well known for his talent throughout the school,' he added.

Mr Murphy said everyone in St Aidan's was proud of AJ's achievements and that he is known among his friends and peers for being a prolific writer.

'It's great to be able to celebrate creativity,' said Mr Murphy.

'It's also great that talent like AJ's is recognised at national level,' he added.

Mr Murphy also highlighted the importance of initiatives like the writing competition as it gives pupils an opportunity to bring their talents to the fore at national level.

'It's really fantastic that such talent can be promoted nationally,' he said.

He said such competitions are great for nurturing creative talent and he also said that everyone in the school was delighted to be able to acknowledge AJ's success by making a presentation to him 'in-house'.

'We made a presentation to him in the school and it was great to be able to do that,' said Mr Murphy.

The aim of the competition is to encourage young people to engage in writing as an outlet for their creativity.

Mr Murphy highlighted the fact that Enniscorthy and County Wexford in general are very well known for generating many creatively talented people.

He also commented that with people like AJ coming along, the artistic future of the model county appears to be in very safe hands.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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