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DOODLING in the classroom is usually frowned upon. But 75 pupils from around the country yesterday had their artistic creations honoured at the fourth annual Doodle 4 Google Competition at the internet firm's Dublin headquarters.



The theme of this year's competition was "I wish . . . " with students encouraged to let their imaginations run wild as they transformed the iconic Google logo.

The winning design, by 18-year-old Patrick Horan (right), from Clonlara, in Co Clare -- which features the mechanisms of a clock slowly winding backwards -- will be used as the Google Ireland homepage on Friday.

"The idea is about turning back time. Many people look up into the sky to the stars to make a wish. My wish was to turn back time to see how our world was in the past," explained the Leaving Cert student from St Munchin's College in Limerick.

As part of his win he got a laptop computer while his school got a €10,000 technology grant.

Meanwhile, following complaints, Limerick is finally clearly visible on Google Maps and Google Earth.

Irish Independent