AS the days get shorter and the nights longer one County Limerick schoolboy has helped put a spring in the step of his whole school.
Seven-year-old Sean Tiernan, who attends Caherline National School, won the junior/senior infant category in the national Antalis Aisling Hand Writing competition.
The school received €1,000 thanks to Sean to purchase sports and class equipment. There were thousands of entries from over 500 schools across the land. Children were invited to submit a hand-written short story based on the theme “I like Spring because ...” Sean wove a wonderful story about lambs, wool, football and playing with his friends.
Michael McCarthy, principal of Caherline National School, said Sean’s essay was a fantastically creative and descriptive account of why he loved spring.
“It was with great delight I learned of Sean’s wonderful achievement when I received a phone call from Antalis Ireland Ltd. I feel it highlights the hard work of the pupils and staff in Caherline National School.
“There was great excitement in the school as Sean was presented with his prize and he received a huge cheer and many a high five in congratulations!
“The school was delighted to receive €1,000 as part of Sean’s prize. Miss Lambert, Sean’s teacher was particularly proud as this was Sean’s second award in a year,” said Mr McCarthy. Sean previously won an art competition so he is equally talented with a brush or pencil in his hand. He received a framed certificate of achievement and €100 for his efforts.
Justin Irwin, of Antalis, said the scale of the entries they received illustrates the achievement of the boy from Caherline who is now in first class.
“I would like to congratulate Sean on his story which won first place in the junior/senior infant category. The judge commented that Sean’s story was a lovely story full of imagination and creativity.
“I would also like to compliment Sean’s teacher, Ms Lambert and congratulate his proud family,” said Mr Irwin, who travelled to East Limerick for the official presentation.
Mr McCarthy gathered the whole school in to the hall where Sean read out his story in front of fellow pupils and his family. He received a huge a búla bos from one and all. As the distributor of Aisling and Capital copybooks, Antalis said they wanted to encourage the art of handwriting in this competition.