DIT/Retail Ireland National Business Essay Competition

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Winners of the inaugural National Business Essay Competition, sponsored by IBEC/Retail Ireland and DIT Faculty of Business, were presented with their awards at a ceremony at DIT's Aungier Street campus recently. Students were required to write an essay on the theme The Future of Retailing. The high standard of the winning entries was praised by Mr Paul O’Sullivan Dean and Director of the Faculty of Business in DIT which organised the competition in conjunction with IBEC/Retail Ireland.

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Mr. Torlach Denihan of IBEC/Retail Ireland pictured with
overall winner Kathleen O'Leary and Mr Paul O'Sullivan,
Dean and Director of the Faculty of Business in DIT

The top prize was €1,000 for the overall winner with prizes of €500 and €300 each for the runners up. The prizes were awarded by Mr Torlach Denihan of IBEC/Retail Ireland. The overall winner was Kathleen O'Leary of Colaiste Na Toirbhirte, Bandon, Co Cork.  The business teacher of the winning entry was Ms Siobhan Fitzgerald who was awarded the teacher's prize of €500. The school producing the winning entry, Colaiste Na Toirbhirte, also gets a commemorative plaque. Second prize of €500 went to Paul McAulfield of Castleknock College Dublin and third prize of €300 was won by Sinead Gleeson of  the Convent of Mercy, Roscommon.

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Mr. Torlach Denihan of IBEC/Retail Ireland pictured with
second prize winner Paul McAulfield and Mr Paul O'Sullivan,
Dean and Director of the Faculty of Business in DIT

The competition was open to all students taking Business as a subject in the leaving certificate this year and details were sent to business studies teachers in over 700 post-primary schools inviting entries. There was a large response and shortlisted entries were judged by a panel consisting of academic staff from DIT Faculty of Business and staff in IBEC.

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Mr. Torlach Denihan of IBEC/Retail Ireland pictured with
third prize winner Sinead Gleeson and Mr Paul O'Sullivan,
Dean and Director of the Faculty of Business in DIT

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