Wednesday 21 March 2018

'Exceptional talent' Shania has winning down to a fine art

Overall winner Shania McDonagh. Photo: Mac Innes Photography
Overall winner Shania McDonagh. Photo: Mac Innes Photography
Caitriona McClay (16) with her sister Emer. Photo: Collins
Bailey Jones (7)
Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

SKETCHING her way to success, talented schoolgirl Shania McDonagh has been announced the winner of the Texaco Children's Art Competition.

This was the 16-year-old's fifth time to scoop top honours in the prestigious competition, after she was announced the winner of this year's senior category yesterday.

She will be honoured and presented with €1,500 at the prizegiving ceremony in June.

She has been awarded first prize in a variety of different age categories in the competition – which is this year celebrating its 60th anniversary – every year since 2010.

The Co Mayo girl is a student at Mount St Michael's Secondary School in Claremorris and has been described as "one of the most talented artists of her generation".

Her entry this year – a pencil study entitled 'Coleman' – impressed the judges, and the chairman of the panel Professor Declan McGonagle described her as "a young artist of exceptional talent and ability". She also won the 16-18 age category. Second prize in that category was won by Caitriona McClay, Loreto Community School, Milford, Co Donegal. Another big winner in this year's competition was 15-year-old Ryan Hazley from Beechlawn School, Hillsborough, Co Down. His sketch of his local landscape highly impressed the judges.

A total of 126 winners will be honoured at a ceremony in June, and the top 21 pieces from the competition will remain on display in the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin.


Irish Independent

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