Budding Dublin author wins Specsavers’ An Post Irish Book Awards Junior Short Story Competition

by Alison O'Hanlon
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Specsavers are delighted to announce nine-year-old Esmé Moriarty, from The Harold School, Glasthule, Co. Dublin, as the national champion of the junior category.

The Dublin native entered the competition and triumphed over stiff rivalry to win the competition. Her prize included a hamper of the shortlisted books featured in the recent Irish Books Awards children’s category and €500 for The Harold’s School library. 

The competition celebrates Specsavers’ sponsorship of the Junior and Senior Irish Children’s Book of the Year categories at An Post Irish Book Awards 2023. The short story prompt was ‘I stepped out of the front door clutching my new binoculars. My mum said they were magic but didn’t tell me what they could do…’ and Esmé’s winning story, titled ‘Leila and the Enchanted Portal’, impressed the judges, who felt she had a bright future as a budding author. 

Esme was thrilled with her win, saying: ‘I really enjoyed writing my story and using my imagination to create such a fun world. I can’t wait to read all my new books and I’m excited to see our school library full of new books!’

Amy Lyng of Specsavers Dun Laoghaire was delighted to present Esme and her school with their winnings at a recent presentation at The Harold School. 

Ms Lyng says ‘We are delighted to award Esme with her prize, she is such a deserving winner with her very creative story that brought a smile to my face. It’s also our honour to be in a position to support a local school with a €500 donation for the school library. I am sure the school is as proud of Esme as we are. Children have the most creative imaginations and have such a wonderful ability to make us smile and are sure this story will make many people in Dublin smile.’ 

Speaking about Esme’s win, school principal Mrs Dervla Nic Mhathúna, adds: ‘We are so proud of Esme, she has always had a great imagination. Reading and writing are such a great creative outlet for children and something we encourage at The Harold School. We are very thankful to Specsavers for their generous donation to our school library.’

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