We are delighted to showcase the work of the Immrama Schools Travel Writers Competition winners for 2019.

As usual, the standard of entries was very high, so our judges had very difficult decisions to make in choosing the winners in each of our categories. Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everyone who entered the competition.

Close to 500 entries were received from schools across Ireland for this years Immrama School’s Travel Writers Competition. For 2019, the competition was opened up to Primary schools and also for the first time ever included schools in all 32 counties. Students ages ranged from 10 to 18 and the quality and standard of this year’s entries was exceptional. Following on from themes of previous years, budding young writers were encouraged to submit entries based on the theme of ‘Letters to Home’; Secondary school level students in the form of 500 word short stories and Primary school level students (5th & 6th class) 250-word ‘Postcards to Home’.

The winners and their teachers will be awarded their prizes at this year’s festival in Lismore, Saturday 15th June.

Special thanks to the teachers, the students, our judges Stephen Kavanagh CEO Aer Lingus, Pól O’Conghaile, Award-winning Travel Writer, Debbie Byrne, MD of An Post, Vickie Stephenson Director CX EMEA Airbnb and Phil Cottier CEO The CX Collection and our sponsors Aer Lingus and the 5-Star Cliff House Hotel for making this year competitions so special.


Senior Category (4th to 6th year)

Snails for Dinner

Jessica Enright– School Mhuire, Carrick on Suir, Waterford


Junior Category (1st to 3rd year)

Czech it out!

1st Éadaoin Drumgoole – St Louis Secondary School, Dundalk


Primary Category (5th & 6th class)

A Letter Home

1st Aisling Brennan – St John of Gods National School, Waterford


2019 Special Award

Ms Hanley – Athlone Community College, Athlone



Past Winners

Winners 2018

1st place 2018 – Jessie Oyenuga

2nd place 2018 Lorna Morrin

3rd place 2018 Aoife Bryne

Winners 2017

1st place 2017 Georgina McNamara
2nd place 2017 Jane McGlichey
3rd place 2017 Grace NiGhirideain

Winner 2016

1st place 2016 Erin Carr