A Rockwell College Transition Year student was among the top prize winners at the National Newspapers of Ireland (NNI) Press Pass writing and photography awards held at the National Convention Centre in Dublin.
Mark Bergin (16) from Clonmel finished second in the sports writing category for his article entitled “The €6 Million Filly”, based on the sale of Makin’s Irish Oak’s winner at Goff’s Bloodstock sales in Kildare last November.
While he has a keen interest in horses, Mark made the particular trip that day to Goff’s to what he described as “one of the most significant events in Bloodstock”. He later decided to enter the competition for the NNI after been encouraged by Transition Year Co-ordinator Patrick Egan and English teacher Wini Ryan.
Mark, who is the son of Jillian and Seamus Bergin from Colville Road, Clonmel, was one of 18,000 transition year students from 300 schools around the country who took part in the competition.
Speaking at the event Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn congratulated Mark and the other winners. “We need people like you who want to report on the world and understand why the world it is the way it is.”