Specsavers Dun Laoghaire is delighted to announce Ciara Murray, aged 16, from Loretto Abbey Dalkey as the senior winner of the Specsavers Children’s Story Competition 2016, in conjunction with the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards.

Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards

As part of the 11th annual Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, Specsavers celebrated its sponsorship of the Irish Children's Book of the Year Category (Senior & Junior) by asking children across the country to put their imagination to the test and write a short story.

What's wrong with being different?

Ciara’s winning entry, titled ‘What's wrong with being different?’, tells the story of a boy who learned a lesson about bullying after laughing at an alien who looked different to everyone else.

Peter Curtis said

Specsavers Dun Laoghaire store director Peter Curtis said: ‘The standard of writing was incredibly high this year, with hundreds of budding writers across the country submitting their creative entries. Ciara, who is in transition year, has always had a keen interest in reading and writing and was delighted to learn she had won.

There is absolutely no doubt that Ciara is now in good company, as she joins a long list of award-winning Irish novelists who started their careers writing short stories.’

Overall prize

As part of the overall prize, Ciara received all shortlisted titles in the Specsavers Irish Children’s Book of the Year senior category from this year’s Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards. Loretto Abbey Dalkey school library also received a donation of books as well as €1,000.

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