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Article Submission for Ireland


To encourage students to use their journalistic writing and mobile skills to look at a topical issue which is relevant to Catholic Social Teaching and resonates with Columban mission. The topic is "Migrants are our Neighbours".


  1. Entries must be made by individuals.

  2. Entries must be no longer than 1000 words.

  3. Entries must be in English.

  4. No more than 1 entry per person.

  5. Entries must be original content.

  6. Where facts or figures are quoted, they must be credited to the source.

  7. Submissions received without a completed parent/guardian consent form will not be considered.

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Fionnán Sheahan is Editor of the Irish Independent. Prior to his appointment in 2015, he served as group political editor of INM, managing the political coverage of the Irish Independent, Sunday Independent, Herald and He previously worked as political correspondent with the Irish Examiner.

Patsy McGarry is Religious Affairs correspondent with The Irish Times. He also is the commissioning editor for articles which are published in the paper's Rite and Reason column. He has worked for Independent Newspapers, the Irish Press group, Magill magazine and RTÉ.

Michael Kelly is Editor of the Irish Catholic. He has previously worked for Vatican Radio and continues to contribute to Catholic News Service (CNS), Crux and the Irish Independent.

Bobby Gilmore SSC, writes and campaigns on migrant issues. He was on mission in Jamaica for seven years and has extensive experience of chaplaincy work with migrants in Ireland and Britain.

Judging Criteria

  1. Quality of the presentation.

  2. Definition, clarity and fairness of stories.

  3. Knowledge or first-hand experience of subject.

  4. Catholic Social Teaching on the issue of Migrants (click here).

  5. Reporting depth

  6. Construction

  7. Originality

1st place prize €300!

2nd place prize €150!

3rd place prize €100!

Closing date for entries: 8th Feb 2018

The winners in the Irish category will be presented with their prizes on 29 June 2018 at Dalgan Park by former president of Ireland, Dr Mary McAleese.

The competition is now closed, thanks to everyone that entered!