Young writers impress in Kerryman competition

Marisa Reidy

AN exciting part of this weekend's Women in Media event concentrated on the up and coming young writers of the county, who took part in the inaugural children's writing competition sponsored by The Kerryman.

Over 300 national school pupils from across the county took part in the competition, showcasing their wonderful skill at storytelling.

The event culminated in an exciting awards presentation at Scoil Iosagain on Sunday afternoon, where co-ordinator Rhona Tarrant praised each and every one of the entrants for their impressive stories.

She said picking an overall winner was a near impossible task such was the calibre of entries across all age categories.

In the end, however, Alana McCarthy from Killarney was deemed the overall winner, for her impressive story 'Spider Shock' - an imaginative story about how all the spiders left Ireland for Hawaii and the country was overtaken by flies. When the spiders returned, she concluded that no matter how small you are, you still have a big job to do.

Judges were unable to separate the runners-up in the competition, and so awarded a joint second prize to Abbie O'Sullivan from Killarney and Lille Templeton from Ballybunion.

In 'My New Friends,' Abbie spoke about two girls from Chernobyl who will be coming to stay with her this summer and explained that the holiday would clear their body of radiation for a while and help their immune system.

In Lille's story, 'Gone Rogue' she gave a terrifying report from her primary school in Ballybunion, where a science experiment gone wrong resulted in four students being devoured by overgrown mice.

Ciara Dunne from Listowel came third in the competition for her story about a new creature called a 'sasdogcat' that stalks around her town.


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