Budding artists win big at festival
There was great excitement at Enniscorthy Castle last week as the winners of this year's Strawberry Festival Children's Art Competition were presented with their prizes.
The competition was open to primary school pupils across the district and Festival Chairman Jimmy Gahan said that the level of interest was great.
'It's always a very popular part of the festival,' he said. 'We had a great amount of entries scattered right across the district and there were some really great pieces. There was no theme this year, the children were allowed to use the full of their imagination and it was very difficult to pick winners.'
That unenviable task came to Barbara Tector and she commented on the high quality of each and every one of the entries submitted. However, there could only be a handful of winners and they were delighted to attend Enniscorthy Castle last week to collect their prizes - a selection of books from sponsors Byrne's Books and Toys, presented by owner Damian Byrne.
First prize in the Age 7-9 category was Nicky Burke of Caim NS, followed by Leah Fanning of St Mary's NS in 2nd place and Katie Carty of Caim NS in 3rd. Highly Commended were Lucy Wise from St Mary's PS and Victoria Jordan-Kelly from Boolavogue NS.
St Mary's PS clean up in the Age 10-13 category, winning first second and third. Gabrielle Hill was declared the winner with Eva Bayley in 2nd and Grace Warren in 3rd. Highly commended in this category were Sean Walsh of Boolavogue NS and Anna Walshe also from St Mary's PS.
Festival Chairman Jimmy Gahan thanked all the children for their wonderful entries, as well as Damian Byrne for his kind sponsorship and Barbara Tector for judging.
The winning entries were put in display in an exhibition in Enniscorthy Castle for the duration of the festival and were seen by hundreds upon hundreds of people, much to the delight of the budding young artists.