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School children top the class for handwriting competition

Two Clare pupils were successful at the National Handwriting competition, held in conjunction with EBS and the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) recently.

Ella Forde from Scoil Mhuire, Ruan and Taig Meppelink, Kilmihil National School each picked up an award in the 2013 national competition.

Now in its 21st year the competition was open to all national schools throughout the country and focuses on keeping the art of handwriting alive in the schools across the country.

Almost 1,000 schools from all over Ireland entered this year’s competition and two of the winners were selected from Clare.

Participants were asked to write a piece of prose or a poem about Playtime. Students were judged on the style, flair, neatness and layout of their handwriting.

The awards ceremony was held at Haughton House, Dublin Zoo, when the competition finalists’ work was displayed for guests and participants to view. Speaking at the finals, Brendan O’Sullivan, president of the INTO, said the competition showed the art and skill of handwriting is flourishing in Ireland.

“The art of handwriting is something that is needed in all walks of life.  Despite the competition from computers, the standard of handwriting is as high as ever. It’s great to see teachers and parent across the county encouraging their students and children to enter this longstanding competition and ultimately ensure they have good handwriting as they move into adult life.”

For further details on the INTO/EBS Handwriting Competition, visit www.ebs.ie or www.into.ie.

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