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Thursday 21 August 2014

President Higgins hails 'genius' of young artists

Emma Jane Hade

Published 28/05/2014 | 02:30

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President Higgins is presented by David Monaghan with a portrait of Seamus Heaney.
Rachel O’Malley, of Rathfarnham, Dublin
Shania McDonagh of Mayo

THE winners in the 60th Texaco Children's Art Competition have received the presidential seal of approval.

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The event is "ingrained in the memories of generations of Irish children", according to President Michael D Higgins.

A total of 126 winners from this year's competition were honoured at the ceremony in Kilmainham, Dublin.

Overall winner Shania McDonagh, who has been honoured five times throughout the years, received a €1,500 prize.

The student, from Mount St Michael's Secondary School in Claremorris, Co Mayo, has been awarded first prize in a variety of different age categories.

This year it was a pencil study called 'Coleman' that impressed the judges, leading to descriptions of her as a "young artist of exceptional talent and ability".

Mr Higgins commended the assembled winners and their families on their hard work and the "creative genius it represents".

Irish Independent

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