THE environment is in sharp focus in the annual Astellas children's art calendar that was launched last week and charity will benefit as well with all proceeds from the impressive publication going to The Irish Kidney Association.
The calendar features 13 entries sent in by primary and secondary school pupils across mid and south Kerry who explore various approaches to the need for a cleaner and greener environment.
The result is an imaginative and colourful publication that's certainly eye-catching.
Milltown Presentation Secondary School pupil Rebecca Prendergast (16) has the honour of being on the calendar's front cover and it's eight-year-old Lucy McMahon from Glenbeigh NS whose work features in the January entry.
Other entries making the final cut included Milltown Presentation's Noreen O'Sullivan, Lucy Barrett and Triona Clifford; Makaela Crowley, ISK; Eanna Murphy, Cullina NS; Cora Joy, Scoil Realt Na Mara; Maria Culhane, Kilgobnet NS; Jodie Ann Mulligan, St Francis Special School; Jake O'Reilly, Castledrum; Orlaith O'Sullivan, Scoil Mhuire, Killorglin and Aoibh O'Connell. A number of students also received 'highly recommended' awards.
Gina Halliday of Astellas in Killorglin said the company had been hugely impressed with the entries, adding that the final selection had been a difficult one for the judges.