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Holly’s witty ways are a real winner

Holly Power with her successful entry in the Comórtais Óige

A VERY talented Killarney student has won first prize in a national writing competition which was held in conjunction with Seachtain na Gaeilge.

Holly Power won the senior students’ category in the Comórtais Óige event after penning a powerfully moving and witty piece in the Irish language about her journey over the past year dealing with a cancer diagnosis.

Holly, a student in St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School, highlighted the struggles she faced and how she worked hard to maintain a normal lifestyle of a typical 16-year-old.

Holly had just returned to school when the Covid-19 pandemic struck.

Her teachers said her standard of Irish and love for the language is highlighted throughout the piece and her success was very good news in these trying times.
“I entered the competition as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge, mainly because my Irish teacher Ms Healy-Rae persuaded me to,” said Holly.

“After a lot of thought, I decided to write something original which was a light-hearted twist on my own personal story, reflecting on the journey of my cancer diagnosis and having to repeat transition year,” she added.

“My piece gave an insight into my journey and I included a bit of craic throughout – it wouldn’t be me otherwise”.

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