Congratulations to Miguel Martino Daly and Aisling Walsh from Offaly were chosen from amongst over 3,000 entries to become published authors. Sponsored by Londis; ‘Write Up My Street’  is a collection of thirty assorted short stories to be sold in support of Barnardo’s – The Children’s Charity.

Fergus Finlay CEO of Barnardo’s is quoted as saying “…Barnardo’s work in over 40 communities right across Ireland. Every day we see the challenges faced by people in those communities, but we also see the strengths and resilience that allows those communities to over come those difficulities they face.

“We celebrate those strengths every day. We all want our children to be part of and contribute to the collective power of their individual communities. This book is an inspirational snapshot of just some of the great stories we received. It is a delight to read and will inspire each of us, men, women and children to become active community participators.”

Fergus Finlay, Barnardo's & Aisling Walsh, Offaly Dyslexia Group

Fergus Finlay, CEO Barnardo's With Author Aisling Walsh, Offaly Dyslexia Group

Especial congratulations are due to Aisling Walsh of Geashill National School for her contribution of a thousand word essay detailing the life and times of a canine inhabitant of Dogeon, Co Dogflea! This essay was cited as being one of the most original entries in the competition, by none other than Fergus Finlay, CEO of Barnardo’s Children’s Charity himself.

We are more than proud of this young lady, one of our original eleven workshop participants and hope that other children experiencing difficulties with reading will be inspired by her success. Her remarkable tale is evidence of how dyslexia is considered by some as a gift which allows a unique insight into a world unseen by most of its inhabitants.

For more information on how you can become involved, or maybe ask Aisling for an autograph, please contact our advice line on 086 2303009.