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Wednesday 22 May 2019

Pupils draw inspiration from art champ Naoise Hennessy

Texaco art competition overall winner Naoise Hennessy at her former primary school Ballyellis NS, with her mother Marie Hennessy and Junior and Senior infants
Texaco art competition overall winner Naoise Hennessy at her former primary school Ballyellis NS, with her mother Marie Hennessy and Junior and Senior infants

Cathy Lee

Last month Naoise Hennessy from Craanford blew everyone away when she won the national Texaco art competition, and since then she has appeared on TV and radio, as well as having pictures of her painting shared on social media and published in newspapers up and down the country.

But home is still very important to the youngster and so she went to visit her former primary school in Ballyellis, where it all began.

'From a young age as a pupil of Ballyellis National school, it was evident that Naoise had a beautiful and creative gift in art and drawing,' said one of her former teachers Katrina Flynn.

Naoise loves coming in to Ballyellis National School every Wednesday afternoon to help the children with reading, but she also shares her talent for art providing art lessons to students, as part of the President's Award Gaisce which she is taking part in.

The pupils and staff of Ballyellis National School were delighted to give Naoise a huge welcome back after her win, and thank her for her commitment to the school and to art.

'The pupils, staff and the whole school community of Ballyellis are immensely proud of Naoise's wonderful achievement,' said Enda Morris, Principal of the school.

'Naoise's achievements bear great testament to this not only in her artistic talents but also in camogie and her other interests and hobbies,' he added.

Naoise was presented with a bouquet of flowers and a card by her niece Saoirse, who is in third class, on behalf of the school community.

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