Students enjoy event with essay competition
Leaving Certificate history students at Gorey Community School played their part in the first North Wexford History and Heritage Festival, taking part in an essay competition.
Both teachers and organisers were impressed by the interest and high standard, and there was a lot of variety to the topics chosen by the young people, from patriotism and its role in national identity to the colourful career of Elton John.
The judge was Susan Kelly of the Wexford Library Services, and she chose fifth year student Amy Cahill as the winner with her classmate Jessica Ene as runner up.
Amy's theme was the tragic life of Sophie Scholl, a German university student who was executed by the Nazis for distributing leaflets at her Munich college.
Jessica's topic was on historic misogyny and she investigated the demonetisation of women through the ages in Ireland, from witchcraft to the Magdalene Laundries.
Clodagh Waters came in third place looking at the local dynasty the Esmondes, while sixth year student Nathan Betts and fifth year student Aoife Masterson were both highly commended.