German Language Essay Competition now closed. And the winners are...

The Irish Austrian Society are delighted to announce the winners of the 2021/22 25th German Language Essay competition.

The winners are:


Connor Gannon, CBS High School Clonmel. Teacher: Martina O'Reilly
Winner of the Dr. Otto Glaser Trophy

Runner up:
2nd: Ben Bielenberg, Ashton School Cork. Teacher: Tim Mulcahy
3rd: Nadine Simplicio, Colaiste Phobal Roscrea. Teacher: Eimear O'Meara


Liam Freaney, CBS High School Clonmel. Teacher: Martina O'Reilly
Winner of the Dubsky's Environment Trophy

Runner up:
2nd: Jamie Larkin, Tullamore College. Teacher: Sarah McEvoy
3rd: Luke Barnard, Wesley College Dublin. Teacher: Jennifer Hegarty-Owens



Avea O'Mara, Ardscoil na Trionóide Athy. Teacher: Stephen Heffernan
Winner of the St. Feargal Trophy

Runner up:
2nd: Arek Turowski, CBS High School Clonmel. Teacher: Martina O'Reilly
3rd: Fionnán Ó Baoighill, Coláiste Dhúlaig Dublin. Teacher: Ms Collins


Aislinn Barry, Loreto Secondary School Fermoy
Winner of the Catriona Dowling Trophy

Runner up:
2nd: Eimear O'Meara, Colaiste Phobal Roscrea
3rd: Eugene Duffy, Tullow Community School

The winners were announced and prizes awarded at a reception at the Residence of the Austrian Ambassador, Dr. Thomas Nader. The Ambassador and his wife Ingrid welcomed all guests into their home for this occasion. In his speech, Dr. Declan Downey, President of the Irish Austrian Society, praised the achievement of the students and encouraged them to proceed on their path of achievement. He also thanked all teachers and parents for their support. 

During the ceremony, Connor Gannon gave a speech providing the student perspective of participating in the competition and how he finds it a rewarding experience. 

The teacher perspective was shared in a speech given by Martina O'Reilly from CBS Clonmel. You can read Martina's impressions here.

The Irish Austrian Society also thank their sponsors of the competition, namely the Austrian Embassy, Duncan Grehan & Partners Solicitors, the Ski Club of Ireland and Austrian Company SONNENTOR.

This brings to a close the 25th Anniversary German Language Essay Competition, which saw a record number of entries with 420 essays submitted from over 30 schools. 

We also wish to thank all students, teachers, principals and parents for their tremendous support over the years and this year in particular. All participating students will receive a certificate of achievement as well as token of appreciation from SONNENTOR.

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