Young artists from schools all around the county turned out in force at Wexford County Council’s headquarters in Carricklawn, Wexford, to receive their awards for the Council’s Annual Artwork Competition 2019.
The artwork competition is an initiative run by the Council’s Environment Section, in conjunction with Wexford Naturalists’ Field Club. The theme of this year’s competition was ‘Mammals of Wexford’s Coast’ with Enniscorthy Municipal District Council Leas-Cathaoirleach Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy on hand to present prizes to 50 school children representing both primary and secondary schools.
Cllr Murphy reminded those attending that the aim of the competition was to raise awareness of the importance of Wexford’s environment and to encourage the public to value, cherish and explore its uniqueness.
“The artwork displayed here today reminds us all to look after our environment, a precious legacy for generations to come. We all have a role to play in learning more about biodiversity and protecting the natural heritage of Wexford,” said Cllr Murphy.
The competition received 1423 entries from schools from all over the county.
Cllr Murphy thanked well-known artist Don Conroy for judging the art and colouring competition and thanked Wexford Naturalists’ Field Club for supporting the competition. She also praised the young artists present and encouraged them to maintain a healthy respect for the environment as part of their lives.
The overall winner from Primary Schools was Owen Crosbie, Kilmore National School and the overall winner from Secondary Schools was Ciara Sharp of Gorey Community School. The winning artwork will be displayed in County Hall until the end of July.
Prizes were also presented for the Snap into Action Competition, which is open to both schools and community groups. This competition encourages people from all walks of life to take action against litter.
St Colman’s National School, Ballindaggin, received first prize in the Snap Into Action School Competition and received a cheque for €500. Shielbaggan National School were awarded runner up prize and received a cheque for €250.
Clohamon Community Development Group were presented with first prize in the Snap Into Action Community Group Competition and also received a cheque for €500. Castlebridge Tidy Towns and Blackwater Tidy Towns were awarded joint runner up prize of €250.
Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy congratulated all involved and praised the groups for all their voluntary work in Keeping Wexford Beautiful.
FULL RESULTS; Overall Winner Primary School
Owen Crosbie Kilmore National School
Overall Winner Secondary School Secondary School
Ciara Sharp Gorey Community School
1st prize Nicola Dyrek St. Anne’s National School Rathangan
2nd prize Ellie Redmond Kilmyshall National School
3rd prize Anna Prud’Homme Davidstown Primary School
Highly Commended Harry Murphy St Joseph’s Primary School, Kilmuckridge
Highly Commended Faye Bobrov St Kevin’s National School, Tara Hill
1st prize Ornaith Halford St Joseph’s Primary School, Gorey
2nd prize Darragh Bennett Clongeen National School
3rd prize Tara Butler Kilrane National School
Highly Commended Grace Amy Redmond St Kevin’s National School, Tara Hill
Highly Commended Leah Denby Scoil Naomh Maodhóg, Ferns
Highly Commended Teegan Curran Scoil Mochua, Ouart
1st & 2nd Class
1st prize Issy Butler Clongeen National School
2nd prize Beth Arnold St Annes National School Rathangan
3rd prize Sophie Redmond Clongeen National School
Highly Commended Ruby Moore St Annes National School Rathangan
Highly Commended Ava Dreelan St Joseph’s Primary School Kilmuckridge
Highly Commended Niamh Kehoe Clongeen National School
Highly Commended Isabel Browne Clongeen National School
3rd & 4th Class
1st prize Michael Dwyer Scoil Naomh Maodhóg, Ferns
2nd prize Kevin Leonard Scoil Naomh Maodhóg, Ferns
Joint 3rd Mehcish Saeed St John of God National School, The Faythe
Joint 3rd Kitt Kavanagh Scoil Ghormain Naofa, Castletown
Highly Commended Excel Osa Amadausun Scoil Naomh Maodhóg, Ferns
Highly Commended Bill Bolger Tombrack National School
Highly Commended Méabh Byrne Scoil Naomh Maodhóg, Ferns
5th & 6th Class
1st prize Fouad Setly St John of God National School, The Faythe
Joint 2nd prize Aaron Cunniffo Monageer National School
Joint 2nd prize Caitlin O Brien-O’Hanlon Scoil Mhuire, Horeswood
Joint 3rd prize Joan Maria Jose St John of God National School The Faythe
Joint 3rd prize Rebecca Nolan St John of God National School The Faythe
Highly Commended Katie Prunty, St Joseph’s Primary School Kilmuckridge
Highly Commended Katie Hore Kilrane National School
Highly Commended Max Kehoe Scoil Naomh Maodhóg, Ferns
1st – 3rd year
1st prize Aaliyah Fleming Gorey Community School
2nd prize James Codd St Peter’s College
Joint 3rd Leo Zhang St Peter’s College
Joint 3rd Robyn Mulvey Gorey Community School
4th – 6th year
1st prize Daragh Shokman St Peter’s College
Joint 2nd prize Sean Walsh St Peter’s College
Joint 2nd prize Cian Bates St Peter’s College
Joint 3rd prize Aaron McGuire St Peter’s College
Joint 3rd prize Ian Corrigan St Peter’s College
Highly Commended John Campbell St Peter’s College
Community Group Competition
Overall Winner Clohamon Community Development Group
Joint Runner Up Castlebridge Tidy Towns
Joint Runner Up Blackwater Tidy Towns
Overall Winner St Colman’s National School, Ballindaggin
Runner Up Shielbaggan National School