a smart phone with two people on screen and white and coloured background on the right side of the image and a logo of a purple square with white text showing the words ‘The Pitch’ on the left side of the image

The Pitch 2021/2022 Gallery

Awards Event

More than 100 post-primary students from across the country stepped up to the challenge, with videos submitted in both Irish and English. The winners were announced by at live interactive online event hosted by RTÉ presenter Zainab Boladale

Overall Winner

The overall winner of The Pitch – The Schools Advertising Challenge 2022 was Daithí Ó Loinsigh from Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí, Tralee, Co. Kerry. His prize was getting to interview Taoiseach Micheál Martin about his career so far.

  • Winner of pitch competition with his school guidance councellor, AN Taoiseach and CEO of Public Appointments Service in the Taoiseachs office

    Speaking on the day, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said: “I was delighted to welcome Daithí to Government Buildings and the Taoiseach’s office. He asked some very thought-provoking questions, in Irish and English, and it was encouraging to see such interest in public life from someone of his age.”

    Watch the highlights showreel by clicking the image on the right


    The first of the joint runners-ups are Jennifer Holly, Migha Saji, David Roulston and Shakirat Olayode from Royal and Prior School Raphoe, Co. Donegal. The students spent their prize day exploring the work of the Irish Coast Guard helicopter base in Sligo.

      Captain Paraic Slattery introduced them to the various areas covered by the Irish Coast Guard and demonstrated how the air medical website works, zoning in on the students’ school in Raphoe.

      Watch the highlights showreel by clicking the image on the right

      The second of the joint runners-ups are Aoidhbe Ducey and Emma Herlihy from Boherbue Comprehensive School, Co. Cork. The students spent their prize day meeting with members of the Garda Armed Support Unit.

        The students took part in a training exercise, standing side-by-side with the members of the Armed Support Unit, in an scenario to de-escalate a mock hostage scenario.

        Watch the highlights showreel by clicking the image on the right