Monday 22 July 2019

Drawing on talent of young people

Maria Pepper

Young artists from schools throughout the county turned up at Wexford County Council headquarters in Carricklawn to receive awards in the local authority's annual Artwork Competition.

The initiative is run by the Environment Section, in conjunction with Wexford Naturalists' Field Club, and the 2019 theme was 'Mammals of Wexford's Coast'.

Enniscorthy Municipal District Leas-Cathaoirleach Cllr. Barbara-Anne Murphy presented prizes to 50 school children from primary and secondary schools.

Cllr. Murphy said the aim of the competition is to raise awareness of the importance of Wexford's environment and to encourage the public to value, cherish and explore its uniqueness.

'The artwork displayed here today reminds us all to look after our environment, a precious legacy for generations to come. We all have a role to play in learning more about biodiversity and protecting the natural heritage of Wexford' said Cllr. Murphy.

The competition received a massive 1,423 entries from schools all over County Wexford.

Cllr. Murphy thanked well-known wildlife artist Don Conroy for judging the art and colouring competition and thanked Wexford Naturalists' Field Club for supporting the event

She praised the artists and encouraged them to maintain a healthy respect for the environment as an everyday part of their lives.

The overall Primary Schools winner was Owen Crosbie of Kilmore National School while the overall winner in the Secondary Schools section was Ciara Sharp of Gorey Community School. The winning artworks will be displayed in County Hall until the end of July.

Prizes were also presented in the Snap into Action Competition, which is open to both schools and community groups which encourages people to take action against litter.

St Colman's National School, Ballindaggin won first prize in the Snap Into Action school competition and received a cheque for €500 while Shielbaggan National School were presented with the runner-up prize of 250.

Clohamon Community Development Group won 1st prize of €500 in the Snap Into Action Community Group Competition while Castlebridge Tidy Towns and Blackwater Tidy Towns were joint runners-up.

Cllr. Murphy congratulated everyone involved and praised all the groups for tjeor voluntary work in Keeping Wexford Beautiful.

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