Six Mayo students have won top prizes in this year’s 59th Texaco Children’s Art Competition. In the 14-15 years age category, first prize of €450 was won by 15-year-old Shania McDonagh from Mount St. Michael Secondary School, Claremorris, for her work entitled ‘Denis’.
No stranger to the competition, this is the fourth year in succession Shania has won the top prize in her category.
Another Mayo winner is Kacper Wawro (9), a member Castlebar Art Club, who has won a Special Merit Award for the second year in succession, this time in the 9-11 years age category for his work entitled ‘My World’.
Other Mayo winners, all of whom won Special Merit Awards, are Eoin Conneely (10), Roundfort National School, Hollymount; Sarah Langan (10), The Studio, Ballina; and Ella Mangey (10) and Emily Walsh (6), both from Castlebar Art Club.
Prizes will be presented at an awards ceremony in Dublin next month when all of the 126 top prize-winners will be in attendance.
The competition, which attracted entries from each of the 32 counties, will celebrate its 60th anniversary next year.
Pictured above is Shania McDonagh (15), a student at Mount St. Michael Secondary School, Claremorris, is a winner in this year’s 59th Texaco Children’s Art Competition. She is pictured holding her prize-winning painting entitled ‘Denis’ with her mother Yvonne (left), brothers Adam and Evan, father Alan and sister Alanah. The picture was taken at a function to announce the top winners held in the Dublin City Hugh Lane Gallery. Picture: Mac Innes Photography