ARDSCOIL na Tríonóide in Athy organised and hosted the sixth All-Ireland CEIST bake-off recently, an event which attracted entries from many of the 107 CEIST (Catholic Education An Irish Schools’ Trust) schools nationwide.
This year, sixth year pupil Niamh Johnson represented Ardscoil in the competition. Niamh had to make, bake and decorate a novelty cake reflecting the theme of ‘Community’ in a three-hour slot. Her cake featured her local GAA club and farming community. Niamh competed with contestants from Munster, Leinster and Connaught and was a runner-up on the day.
The cakes were judged by celebrity chef Edward Hayden of TV3 and a lecturer at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and Susan Willis, a baker currently operating at the Old Yard in Castledermot.
Niamh took time out of her busy study schedule to take part in the competition and was egged on by her teacher, Ms Jackie Cooper, alongside her parents, Michael and Una. Niamh is already a very accomplished baker and is regularly commissioned to create novelty cakes to celebrate different occasions.
We wish Niamh every success in her studies and culinary endeavours.