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Over 100 children receive awards for their incredible artwork today

17-year-old Lucy Deegan from Carlow won the first prize in the senior 16-18 age category.

OVER 100 YOUNG artists from around Ireland took part in the 63rd Texaco Children’s Art Competition and were today presented their awards.

126 children were presented with their awards at a prize-giving ceremony held in the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham.

The children present included the three top prizewinners and 15 Special Merit Award recipients from each of seven categories, including one reserved for special needs children.

17-year-old Lucy Deegan from Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach in Carlow won the first prize in the senior 16-18 age category.

Her winning piece ‘Tom – Summer’ is a detailed portrait study of her brother, made with colouring pencils and white gel.

Her prize includes a cheque for €1,500 plus an invitation to visit Tokyo in August at the request of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture.

There she will be guest at the 18th International High School Arts Festival and her winning artwork will be put on display at the National Arts Center.

A1 - Lucy Deegan - Carlow 'Tom - Summer' by Lucy Deegan

The second prize winner of the 16-18 category was Joel Smyth (17), a student at Bangor Academy & Sixth Form College, Co. Down, for his work ‘Lone Tree’.

A2 - Joel Smyth - Down 'Lone Tree' by Joel Smyth

The 14-15 category was won by Dublin student Méabh Scahill (14), from Sutton Park School, for her self-portrait. She was awarded €450.

B1 - Meabh Scahill - Dublin Self portrait by Meabh Scahill

The 12-13 years category first prize of €350 went to Amy Zhao (12), a pupil at Scoil Na gCeithre Máistrí, Athlone, for her self-portrait pencil sketch.

C1 - Amy Zhao - Westmeath Self portrait by Amy Zhao

In the nine to 11 years category, first prize (€250 Art & Hobby gift voucher) was won by Ava Henson (11), a student at The Harold School, Glasthule, for her self portrait.

D1 - Ava Henson - Dublin Self portrait by Ava Henson

The first prize of a €200 Art & Hobby gift voucher in the seven to eight year old category was won by Noah James Flynn (7), from Scoil Bhríde, Menlough, Co. Galway, for a piece ‘Ruby May’.

E1 - Noah James Flynn - Galway ‘Ruby May’ by Noah James

The youngest age group of the competition, six years or younger, was won by Eibhlin Murphy (6), a pupil at St. Joseph’s Girls National School, Clonakilty, for her plant study ‘Daisies’.

F1 - Eibhlin Murphy - Cork 'Daisies' by Eibhlin Murphy

The final category was for entries from children with special needs. This category was won by James Wellwood (17), a student at Coláiste Mhuire, Johnstown, Co. Kilkenny, for his painting ‘Peafowl In The Forest’.

G1 - James Wellwood - Kilkenny ‘Peafowl In The Forest’ by James Wellwood

At today’s ceremony, James Twohig, Director Ireland Operations of Valero, praised all of the winners for their skill and enthusiasm and thanked the many teachers from schools throughout Ireland who have given their support to the competition throughout its 63 year history.

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