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Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory


This is a competition open to any students in fifth or sixth year in any secondary school in the United Dioceses of Cashel, Ferns & Ossory.

Candidates may be members of any religious denomination or none.

They will be asked to write, usually in 75 minutes, an essay from a list of unseen titles. They will be asked (and this depends on what restrictions are in place) to write their essay at home on Thursday 18th March 2021 at 7.00 p.m. and then submit their essay, as an attachment, by email that night.

An awareness of current affairs in Church and society is helpful. First prize is the 2021 Senior Bishop’s Medal and €200. There are two further prizes of €100 each.

The deadline for applications is 5 pm on Monday 15th March 2021. Applicants should include their name, year in school and name of school attended in an email and send it to Any queries can be sent here also.

Patrick Harvey, Honorary Secretary of the Diocesan Board of Religious Education.