Sally's a Google doodle finalist

Simon Brouder

A talented young artist from Tralee's Mercy Mounthawk Secondary School is one of just 14 finalists in the latest Irish Doodle for Google competition.

The contest asks artists to come up with their own design for the internet giant's famous logo with the winning design to be used on the Google homepage for 24 hours in April.

Google's judges picked Sally O'Mahony as one of 15 finalists in the competition's senior age category and now a public online vote will decide the overall winner.

Sally - the only finalist from Kerry - said she wanted to create awareness about the damage being done to the environment.

In her eye-catching design, the 'G' depicts a scythe cutting a beautiful bunch of flowers, the double 'o's take the form of a sun melting the earth, symbolic of global warming, the 'g' and the 'l' forms a man cutting down a tree and the final letter 'e' is a fish sitting on a pile of rubbish as a result of ocean littering and will

Aside from having their work seen by millions of web users there are also some huge cash prizes on offer for the winners.

The winner gets a €5,000 college scholarship while their school receives a massive €10,000 technology grant.

To see and vote for Sally's design just log on to Doodle 4 Google and cast your vote. Voting opened on Tuesday and you can cast your ballot until February 21.


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