Senior winner of Specsavers Children’s Story Competition

16 December, 2015
Rachel McGrath, senior winner of Specsavers Children’s Story Competition 2015.
Pictured is Myshall NS Principal Fergal O'Seachru; Lorna Farrell, Specsavers, Winner Rachel McGrath and teacher Heather James.

The results are in! Specsavers is proud to announce Rachel McGrath, aged 12, from Myshall National School as the senior winner of Specsavers Children’s Story Competition 2015.

Irish Book Awards

As part of the tenth 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.

Winning entry

Rachel’s winning entry, titled ‘Found’, tells the story of Jade and Eva, two best friends who venture into a cursed forest. Once the girls are inside the forest, they begin to dig and find a magical pair of glasses. Jade is curious about their discovery and after defying Eva’s warnings tries on the glasses. However once on, Jade is able to see things she never dreamed possible.


Speaking of this year’s competition, Specsavers Carlow Store Director Mary McGinley said, “The standard of writing was incredibly high this year, with hundreds of budding writers across the country submitting their creative entries.

Short stories

Rachel, whose local Specsavers is here in Carlow, was delighted to learn she had won. There’s no doubt that Rachel 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, Rachel received all shortlisted titles in the Specsavers Irish Children’s Book of the Year category from this year’s Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards. Myshall National School library also received a donation of books, as well as €1,000.

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