Dublin Student wins Oireachtas Essay Competition

by Alex Greaney
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Dominican College Sion Hill student Prachi Agrawal landed the prize for best essay in Dublin at the inaugural Oireachtas Essay Competition prizegiving in Leinster House on last Friday, March 10, writes Alex Greaney.

Prachi received her prize from Ceann Comhairle, Seán Ó Fearghail TD, at a ceremony attended by the winning students, their parents/guardians, teachers, as well as Competition judges, and sponsors. The prize-giving ceremony was followed by lunch and a tour of Leinster House.

Senior Cycle (5th and 6th Year) and AS/A Level students across the Island of Ireland were invited to submit essays in Irish or English on the theme ‘Parliamentary Politics Matters’ or ‘Tábhacht na Polaitíochta Parlaiminte’. Over €4,500 in prizemoney went to the winners.

The judges praised Prachi Agrawal for “good critical engagement with the essay topic, independent judgements and conclusions offered which had a very reasonable justification.”

They were particularly impressed with her broad approach and well-chosen historical examples.

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