Klaudia wins top prize in competition with essay inspired by Killarney priest

Klaudia Chamera with teacher Mary Fuller.
Klaudia Chamera with teacher Mary Fuller.

THIRD year Killarney Community College student Klaudia Chamera was so inspired by the actions of Killarney hero Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty that she put pen to paper to write an essay inspired by the work of the great man. She took on a difficult topic in the essay and handled it so well that her work was honoured by the organisers of the recent celebrations commemorating Mons. O'Flaherty.

The 15-year-old won the top prize in the recent second level Schools Essay Competition, part of the Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty commemorative celebrations.

Klaudia based her essay on the critical issue of bullying and focused on how Monsignor O'Flaherty's bravery has inspired her to stand up against bullying.

"We should all stop hating, start respecting each other's feelings and become more responsible for our own actions, just as Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty did," Klaudia said.

Third Year English teacher Mary Fuller said her class had watched the film 'The Scarlet and the Black' starring Gregory Peck and all students were deeply moved by it.

"This is a fantastic achievement for Klaudia and she has inspired others to reflect on humanitarian issues," the teacher added.