Emma Ní Riain, a first year student from Coláiste Ailigh, has won the first place prize in this year’s County Donegal Historical Society Schools’ Competition.
Emma was presented with the prestigious Donald Mac Lochlainn Trophy by Seán Bonner, President of the County Donegal Historical Society at the recent awards event in Jacksons Hotel Ballybofey.
Also pictured is Michéal Ó Giobúin, principal of Coláiste Ailigh and Judith Mc Carthy, Donegal County Museum Curator.
This year’s County Donegal Historical Society Schools Competition was titled – Connections between Donegal & Europe up to 1900.
Emma’s project was a 2,000 word essay focusing on the trading links between Donegal and Europe during the Mesolithic and Neolithic eras. Emma spent weeks researching her project in the County Donegal Library alongside her grandmother Mrs. Noelle Ryan.
Coláiste Ailigh and in particular Emma’s history teacher Méabha Ní Chailín would like to congratulate Emma on her achievement.
The County Donegal Historical Society was founded on the 20th December 1946 and its objective is to preserve and record the history of County Donegal. During the course of any year, the County Donegal Historical Society publishes the Donegal Annual, holds several field days, a coach outing, several lectures and other events as well as the schools’ competition.
Students are encouraged to join the Historical Society and the good news for students is that a year’s membership is only €5. Down the years, the Society has been responsible for initiating the Federation for Ulster Local Studies and for establishing a museum.
Further details about the County Donegal Historical Society are available at: www.donegalhistory.com and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/donegalhistoricalTags: