Tadgh is a final year undergraduate student of English Literature and Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin. In his third year he studied at the University of California, San Diego, where he was lucky to take classes with a number of brilliant professors, including Rae Armantrout and Dana Nelkin who introduced him to the philosophy of forgiveness – the topic of his commended essay.

He wishes to extend his gratitude to them, and to the Undergraduate Awards for their recognition. Tadgh still finds philosophy difficult, so intends to study it some more as a postgraduate.