Category Archives: Historian

Winners of the 2016-17 Irish History Writing Contests

Dee Wallace – National Irish Historian

2016-2017 National LAOH Irish History Writing Contest Winners

As National Irish Historian, I am honored to announce the Winners of the 2016-2017 National Irish History Writing Contest. The theme for the writing contest this year was “The Role of the Irish in World War I”.  I had four history professors judge the essays and The Head History Judge said, “We have never seen such well written and researched essays yet the student’s demonstrated understanding of the historical, political, religious and cultural forces influencing the role of the Irish in WWI.  Excellent work from all.


Level 1 – Grades 6-7-and 8

1st Place Abigail Shaw, GA

2nd Place  Julian Santillan, MI

3rd Place – Brendan Patterson, Ohio

Honorable Mention:  Matthew Kemenosh, NJ

Honorable Mention:  Grace Hubbard, PA


Level 11 – Grades 9-10-11-12

1st Erin Fitzgerald, NY

2nd Karina Costello, NY

3rd  Emily Ramirez, CA

Honorable Mention:  Mairead Mooney, Texas

Honorable Mention: Maggie Guggenberger, MASS

Martin McGuinness, Dies at age 66

Martin McGuinness, a former Irish Republican Army commander and Sinn Fein political leader who helped negotiate peace in Northern Ireland after decades of sectarian violence, and became a senior official in its power-sharing government, died on Tuesday in Derry. He was 66.  May he rest in peace.

Martin McGuinness
Martin McGuinness