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December 15, 2011

Young people are invited to participate in an Irish Essay Competition.

Essay Subjects
Essays on local themes will be particularly welcome no matter what part of the world you live in.   There will be an emphasis on information, presentation and on the Irish language.  The themes are as follows –

  • Music – musicians, composers, tunes, music festivals, music collectors, history, instruments, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCÉ), etc.
  • Singing – singers, history of songs, stories, style, lyrics, melodies, etc.
  • Dance – dancers, tutors, sean-nós dancing, set dancing, Riverdance, etc.
  • Language – folklore, literature, native speakers, words and figures of speech, the Gaeltacht and summer schools, the media, organisations promoting the Irish language, etc.
  • Any other subject of your choice!


Under 18       Under 15      Under 12
€250              €200             €100
€175               €150              €80
€125               €100             €60
€75 x 2           €55 x 2         €40 x 5
The trophy “DÚCHAS” will be presented in respect of the best overall essay on the themes of music, singing, dance and language.  The essays will be retained in the Archive of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and made available to the general public.

Competition Rules

  • Send the handwritten essays (maximum of 1,200 words), together with your name, address and date of birth, to the Secretary, Craobh Seán Treacy, 6 Whitethorn Close, Dublin 5 before 16 DECEMBER 2011.
  • Additional material in any medium may be submitted with your essay.
  • The essay must be your own work.  In addition to the handwritten essay an electronic copy would be welcome to facilitate adjudication and also storage in the CCÉ Archive (send the electronic copy and any other appropriate material to eolas@seantreacycce.com).
  • You must be under 12/15/18 on 1 January 2011.
  • Prizes will be awarded during Seachtain na Gaeilge in March 2012.

Organised by Craobh Seán Treacy, CCÉ with the support of Foras na Gaeilge.