Irish Society Writing Contest

The Irish Cultural Society announces its annual writing contest for students in the 9th through 12th grades in the Nassau County high schools.  The materials describing the contest have been mailed to the English Departments of the Nassau schools, public and private, and they have been posted on the Society’s web site.  

The writing project for the 2015 contest is built upon the English Regents Text-Analysis Response model.  The writers have to identify a main idea in a radio address given in 1943 by President of Ireland Eamon de Valera and to analyze the rhetorical devices he used, such as metaphor, parallelism and antithesis, to persuade his audience to adopt his proposal.  In the past the English Regents has used President John F. Kennedy’s First Inaugural Address for a Text-Analysis Response.   

The Society’s web site also contains “Helpful Hints,” suggestions to the contestants about how to approach the writing task.  The project itself is a task promoted by the new Common Core Curriculum.  Entries are due by March 17, 2015.

The Society has been sponsoring a writing contest for over thirty years.  This year thirty-nine prizes will be awarded from $200 to $35 at the Society’s May 6 Awards Ceremony at the Garden City Library.  Every entrant will receive a Certificate of Merit mailed to the student’s sponsoring teacher.  The library of the schools which have an entry into the contest will receive books on an Irish subject in appreciation of the role libraries play in promoting literacy.

 Any interested student can get copies of the materials for the contest in the English Department of the student’s school and on the web site, www.Irish-Society.org.

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Comment by That's Just How It Was on January 14, 2015 at 11:08am

I would love to be a student to enter this competition . De Valera is one of my heroes' of that era .


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Comment by Irish Cultural Society of GC on January 14, 2015 at 6:22pm

Be a kid again, Mary.  Send an essay to john.m.walsh@Hofstra.edu.  I'd love to read it and chat some. 

John Walsh


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Comment by That's Just How It Was on January 15, 2015 at 5:35am

Do you know what John I might just do that ; Thank you 


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Comment by Irish Cultural Society of GC on January 15, 2015 at 8:43am

You will be doing me a favor if you have time to try the assignment.  Our mailing has just reached the schools; we hope for 400+ entries, so I need practice.   John


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Comment by Irish Cultural Society of GC on January 15, 2015 at 6:32pm

Mary, Thank you for sending an award winning essay to our contest.  Your insights into how de Valera solidified his credibility with his audience and how he projected his common identity with the Irish people recently freed from centuries of occupation were notably parts of your analysis of de Valera's address. 

Thank your accepting our challenge.

With admiration,  John Walsh

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