TULLAMORE girl Roisín Greening, a pupil at Wilson’s Hospital School, Multyfarnham, Co Westmeath, won a Special Merit Award in a recent essay writing competition organised by the Law Department in NUI, Maynooth.
The competition - ‘Mandate for a better Ireland’ - was for pupils in the Senior Cycle in secondary schools. There was a range of topics within the list of titles all related to politics. Roisín decided to write on the title ‘Power to the People’.
Her essay addressed the insidious nature of power and the problems that arise with ‘Power to the People’.
George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ and a number of American Presidents heavily influenced the ideas she expressed in the essay. English teacher, Mr Eager was also a great help that no ‘spell check’ function could match!
Roisín was invited to attend the prize giving ceremony on February 15 which was held in Maynooth University. The Head of the Law Department, some lecturers and law students were in attendance at this ceremony. The awards were presented by a High Court Judge Justice John McMenamin who gave a very interesting speech after which there was the opportunity to ask him questions. The writers of the top ten essays in the competition received awards.
Roisín was awarded a Special Merit Award and she was delighted to see her essay quoted on a PowerPoint presentation which ran in the background throughout the ceremony.