Local Schools’ Competitions

Primary Schools Art Competition

One artistic impression of Mícheál Ó Cléirigh in 2014

Each year since the inaugural Summer School in 2014 there has been a Primary School Art Competition where all schools in the locality, wishing to participate, have submitted artwork by their pupils in four categories based on the theme of the Summer School for that year.

This has been one of the most successful initiatives of the Summer School and the level of interest and participation grows each year with Primary Schools from Co Donegal, Co Leitrim and Co Fermanagh taking part in the competition.



The themes to date have been:

2014  “Mícheál Ó Cléirigh”,

2015 “Saints and Scholars,”  

2016 “Leaving Home”

2017 “My Favourite Place.”

2018 “Lords & Ladies”.

2019  “Ireland- comings and goings”

2021″ Famous Women”

2022 “Friendship and Welcoming”

2023  Feast -Food – Famine


some of the art submitted 2019

some of the art submitted 2019




picture 2016

One of the many pictures submitted in 2016 on the theme “Leaving Home”

Junior Infants and Senior Infants (A4 size)

-First Class and Second Class (A4 size)

-Third Class and Fourth Class (A4 size)

-Fifth Class and Sixth Class (A4 size)

  • Entries submitted can cover the strands- drawing, paint and colour– for example, crayons, colouring pencils, pastels, paints, charcoal, markers, collage etc

  • All artistic entries may be used for publicity, publication and display purposes.  

  • Winning entries are displayed during the weekend of the Summer School.

  • Prizes and certificates are awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and highly commended in each category.

  • Winners are notified through their school.


Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Summer School 2023  

Inaugural Historical Fiction Competition for 4th and 5th year students 

Entries to be linked to the theme of our

Feast-Food-Famine / Feasta-Bia-Ganntanas in 17th Century Ireland 

Closing date for entries is Wednesday, 5nd April 2023.

Winning students will each receive a book token worth

€50.00 for 1st prize winners and

€30.00 For 2nd prize winners.    

  • 1st and 2nd prize winners from 4th year students 
  • 1st and 2nd prize winners from 5th year students 


Stories should: 

  • Have historical accuracy – even though the story is a work of fiction. 
  • Be well written – good structure and accurate use of vocabulary. 
  • Be written from a creative perspective that will be convincing and  bring the past to life 
  • Have between 1200 to 2000 words. 

Entry rules 

  • Entry is free. 
  • Entry is open to 4th and 5th year second level students. 
  • Entries must be submitted by a teacher on behalf of the school. 
  • Entries can be either handwritten (legible) or word processed. 
  • Submission must be accompanied by a completed details form.
  • Entries will not be returned. It is recommended that a copy of the work is retained by the student. 

Results will be announced at the opening of the Mícheál Ó’Cléirigh    Summer School on the evening of Friday 5th of May 2023.