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30 prizes up for grabs in Clare library competition

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USUALLY a haven for youngsters, Clare County Library were forced to close all 16 of their branches across the county when the Covid-19 restrictions were announced.

The library service haven’t forgotten their young members however, as they have created a short story competition to help them release their creative side during this difficult time.

“With schools currently closed and students working remotely on assignments set by teachers Clare County Library would like to offer a different type of exercise to children and teenagers aged between 7 and 15 who like to write stories,” said a spokesperson.

The theme for the creative writing competition is County Clare 2020: A day in my life.

The categories are 7 to 9 years, 10 to 12 years and 13 to 15 years, with 10 book tokens up for grabs in each category.

The competition begins on May 5 and entries must reach Clare County Library by 12 noon on May 12. Visit for information on how to enter.

Elaine has been a member of staff with The Clare Echo since its foundation in October 2017. The paper's first Chief Reporter, the Kilrush woman is now working as a sub-editor in our busy newsroom. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Limerick with a Masters in Journalism. Elaine briefly worked with the RTE Investigations Unit on the Standards in Public Office investigation before returning to Clare to continue her career as a reporter with the Clare People where she spent nine months as the West Clare correspondent and also covered the 2016 General Election and 2016 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

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