Friday 27 April 2018

Young artists are honoured

John Manning

AS part of the St. Patrick's Day Celebrations, Balbriggan Town Council has handed out prizes to school children participating in a giant art, essay and poetry competition across the town's schools.

Cathaoirleach of Balbriggan Town Council, Cllr Peadar O'Kelly (Lab) and his council colleagues hosted an awards ceremony to distribute the prizes at the town hall, last Thursday evening.

Cllr O'Kelly welcomed the children to the town hall to collect their prizes and congratulated them on their success in the competition.

He said: ' This is our fifth year to hold the awards ceremony in the town hall which gives the town council along with the parents and family members an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of the young prize winners.

'I would like to make special mention of the wonderful achievement by the students of St. Teresa's N.S. who had a clean sweep in the poetry and essay categories and to give a special mention to Cian Quinlan from St. Peter & Paul's who was the overall individual Winner in the poetry and essay category.

'Congratulations also to Helga's Pre-school who were the overall winners in the art competition.

The playschool group art award went to Balscadden Pre-school while Ciara Farrell from Bremore Castle Montessori triumphed in the individual category.

Primary school winners in the various age categories in art, went to Matthew Stuart from St Peter and Paul's NS, Kylie Kelly from St Molaga's NS and Conor White, also from St Molaga's. The secondary school art competition was won by Diana Bura from Loreto Balbriggan.

There was also a special class in art which was won by Favour Adedakum from St Teresa's NS and the overall winner of the art category was Helga's Pre-school.

In poetry, the top awards in primary schools went to Cian Quinlan of St Peter and Paul's NS, Christina Igweze from Balbriggan Educate Together NS and Joshua Talabi from St Teresa's NS. Secondary school poetry was won by Amina Ramadan from Ardgillan College.

In the essay category, primary school winners were Nicole Finn from St Teresa's NS as well as Isaac Asjokacher and Alicia Smith, also from St Teresa's NS. The secondary school essay competition was won by Cian Nulty from Ardgillan College.

The overall individual winner in the poetry and essay competition was Cian Quinlan from St Peter and Paul's NS while the school award went to St Teresa's NS.

There were second and third prizes also awarded in most categories, too many to list here but a hearty well done, not only to the award winners but everyone who participated in this fantastic annual competition.

Fingal Independent