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The closing date for entries is Friday November 23 at 5pm.
The closing date for entries is Friday November 23 at 5pm.

Secondary Schools Writing Competition


The GAA Museum is inviting entries for a Secondary Schools Writing competition.

Students can select an essay, short story or poem using the theme 'The GAA is at the heart of who we are.' Fiona Looney and Paul Howard are included in the judging panel for the two different categories.

The junior cycle is open to first, second, and third year students, while the senior cycle is open to Transition Year, fifth year, and sixth year students.

Entries will be accepted in both the Irish and English languages. There will be a prize for both the best English and Irish entry in each category.

A special awards ceremony will be held at Croke Park with parents, teachers, and the judging panel attending. A day will also be spent with the GAA Communications Department.

Competition Prizes:

Junior Cycle Category

There will be one overall prize winner in English and one overall prize winner in Irish selected. Prize pack will include: 

  • Invitation for student, parents and teacher to winner’s lunch with the judging panel in Croke Park in December 2018, where the winning student will be presented with a certificate for their achievement.
  • The chance to spend a day working with the GAA Communications team in Croke Park.
  • €100 One4All gift card.
  • Custom GAA Museum O’Neills jersey.
  • GAA Museum prize pack, including a Family Pass for the Ericsson Skyline Tour.
  • Winning entry displayed on the Croke Park website (www.crokepark.ie/gaamuseum).

There will be two runner-up prizes. Runners-up will be in either English or Irish language. Runner-up prizes include: 

  • Invitation for student, parents and teacher to winner’s lunch with the judging panel in Croke Park in December 2018, where the students will be presented with a certificate for their achievement.
  • GAA Museum prize pack, including a Family Pass for the Ericsson Skyline Tour.
  • Winning entry displayed on the Croke Park website (www.crokepark.ie/gaamuseum).

Senior Cycle Category

There will be one overall prize winner in English and one overall prize winner in Irish selected. Prize pack will include: 

  • Invitation for student, parents and teacher to winner’s lunch with the judging panel in Croke Park in December 2018, where the winning students will be presented with a certificate for their achievement.
  • The chance to spend a day working with the GAA Communications team in Croke Park.
  • €100 One4All gift card.
  • Custom GAA Museum O’Neills jersey.
  • GAA Museum prize pack including a Family Pass for the Ericsson Skyline Tour.
  • Winning entry displayed on GAA Museum website (www.crokepark.ie/gaamuseum).

There will be two runner-up prizes. Runners-up will be in either English or Irish language. Runner-up prizes include: 

  • Invitation for student, parents and teacher to winner’s lunch with the judging panel in Croke Park in December 2018, where the students will be presented with certificate for their achievement.
  • GAA Museum prize pack, including a Family Pass for the Ericsson Skyline Tour.
  • Winning entry displayed on the Croke Park website (www.crokepark.ie/gaamuseum).

Competition Entry

All entries must be emailed to Ailís in the GAA Museum at acorey@crokepark.ie with the email subject line Essay Competition Entry. 

Entries must be submitted as a Word Document attached to the email.

The top of the Word document should include the following information: 

Student name, age and school year

Name and address of student’s school

Name and contact details of supervising teacher

Title of entry

Entries must be submitted before 5pm on Friday November 23rd, 2018.

Competition Rules

All entries should specifically address the competition theme ‘The GAA is at the heart of who we are.'

Entries can be in the following forms: Essay, short story, poem.

Maximum word count for entries is 1500.

Students must only submit their own original work.

Students must submit their entries before the deadline of 5pm, November 23rd, 2018.

One student can submit up to a maximum of three entries.

Entries must not contain any profane or derogatory language.

The decision of the judges is final.

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