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Cork girl (12) wins this year's Google 4 Doodle which honours 1916 commemorations

Published 07/03/2016 | 14:47

Mia Buckley's winning doodle.
Mia Buckley's winning doodle.

A 12-year-old primary school student has won the honour of having her art appear on the Google Ireland homepage on Easter Monday, March 28.

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Millions of users will see the artwork of Mia Buckley when they use Google on that day.

Mia, from Summercove National School, won this year’s Doodle 4 Google competition after fighting off tough competition from 74 other regional finalists.

Her artwork was deemed the winner by a host of prestigious judges including the artist Maser, Aideen Howard, director of The Ark, a Cultural Centre for Children and Tomm Moore, co-founder and Creative Director of Cartoon Saloon, who directed the Oscar nominated film The Secret of Kells and the film Song of the Sea.

In a special grand final ceremony in Google’s EMEA headquarters in Dublin, Mia was today presented with her award, as well as a €5,000 scholarship towards her third-level studies and a Chromebook.

Mia’s school will also receive a €10,000 technology grant while her teacher, Ms. Hallissey will also receive a Chromebook.

This year’s competition was part of Google’s 2016 Commemoration Programme.

Students were asked to design a Doodle on the theme ‘Ireland Is…’, to show what Ireland means to them. 

Mia’s winning doodle, entitled ‘Ireland is a land so green’, uses images of farm life, as well as flowers, sports and music to give the iconic Google logo a creative twist.

Mia said “Ireland is a land so green with grazing cattle to be seen. Steeped in rich history with music and sports so fine. I love this Irish home of mine.”

Ronan Harris, VP and head of Google in Ireland said, “Mia’s doodle really caught our eye and she really captured Ireland’s rural heritage, as well as our love for music and sports.”

A staggering 271,000 votes were cast this year with the highest number of votes in each class group making it through to the overall final round.

From these five group winners, the Google Doodle team then had the difficult task of choosing the overall winner.

The four other group winners in the Doodle 4 Google competition are:

•         Group 1 - Niamh Connerton (6), Fermoyle National School, Co. Longford

•         Group 2 - Cillian Slattery (8), Ratoath National School, Co. Meath

•         Group 4 - Nicole Tighe (12), Gallen Community School, Ferbane, Co. Offaly

•         Group 5 - Nicholas Henihan (17), St. Mary’s College, Rathmines, Dublin 6

You can view all the 75 regional finalists’ doodles on www.google.ie/doodle4google.

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