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75 students compete to have drawing shown on Google's Irish homepage

A record number of entries were received for this year’s Doodle 4 Google competition.

A doodle from Emma Urquhart from Presentation College, Athenry, Co. Galway
A doodle from Emma Urquhart from Presentation College, Athenry, Co. Galway
Image: Google

PUBLIC VOTING HAS opened for this year’s Doodle 4 Google competition, which has received the most entries since the competition began seven years ago.

More than 5,000 entries were received and has been whittled down to 75 finalists. The theme of this year’s competition was “My Perfect Day” with students explaining the reason behind their drawings.

The five most popular drawings from each age category will be placed in a grand final which will take place in Google Ireland’s headquarters on 20th April.

The winner will have their doodle featured on Google’s Irish homepage for a day next month, and will receive a €5,000 scholarship towards their third-level studies, a Chromebook laptop and a €10,000 technology grant for their school.

Google Ireland’s VP of Sales and Operations, Ronan Harris, said the quality of entries for this year’s competition was “astounding and it gave our judging panel a tough job to do. I really enjoyed seeing what ‘My Perfect Day’ meant to the entrants and everyone should be very proud of their doodles.”

Last year’s winner was eight-year-old Kelly McCabe from Scoil Carmel Junior National School. More than 120,000 public votes were recorded and 2,390 students entered the competition that year.

The full list of finalists and their entries can be found and voted for here. Voting closes at midnight on 20th March.

75 students compete to have drawing shown on Google's Irish homepage
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  • Toby Lee, St Declans National School, Waterford City, Co. Waterford

    I love to play with my teddy toys all day long.Source: Google
  • Harry Kane, St Gerard's Bray, Co. Wicklow

    On my summer holiday I love to swim in the sea, eat yummy ice cream, sail on a boat, fly my kite and build sandcastles.Source: Google
  • Mikey Corridon, Scoil Naomh Eirc, Ardfert, Co. Kerry

    Stories from morning til night! Adventure stories, funny stories, scary stories, stories make the day perfect.Source: Google
  • Pearl McHugh, Holy Family National School, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal

    I drew this picture because I like gardens.Source: Google
  • Imke Denning, Killinkere National School, Virginia, Co. Cavan

    My picture is based on under water world because I love sea life and love mermaids. I always wanted to become a diver.Source: Google
  • Laura Gavin, Scoil Bhride, Clonee, Co. Meath

    My perfect day would be to walk 5 stray dogs that I found on my way to the park. I would name them after Google; Georgia, Ollie, Oscar, Greg and Ella. The L in Google would be named after me - Laura. Hopefully my parents would allow me to keep them!Source: Google
  • Danny Zhao, St Brigid's National School, Castleknock, Dublin 15

    At night I dream of flying in space but as the sun rises I think of all the hobbies that I am going to do today that will make it into my perfect day.Source: Google
  • Freyja McDonald , Loreto College Junior School, 53 Saint Stephen's Green, Dublin 2

    My perfect day would be making sandcastles and playing ball on the beach, having a lovely picnic in the shade of an umbrella with the glorious sun shining down on me by rocking back and forth in a hammock after a leisurely trip around the Ferris Wheel.Source: Google
  • Anya Clarke Carr, Ratoath National School, Ratoath, Co. Meath

    I did a school project on the rainforest and my favourite part was about hummingbirds. My perfect day would be to go and hum with them.Source: Google
  • Emma Urquhart, Presentation College, Athenry, Co. Galway

    My perfect day would be to travel to the Arctic, take a selfie with a real polar bear and see the Northern Lights.Source: Google
  • Katya Lalor, Sacred Heart School, Drogheda, Co. Louth

    My idea of a perfect day is relaxing with music, movies and a friend after a busy week so I decided to draw two couch potatoes relaxing just like I would.Source: Google
  • Aisling Cassidy, Bandon Grammar School, Bandon, Co. Cork

    My idea of a perfect day is being in the gym practising new gymnastics skills.Source: Google
  • Siming Wang, St Aloysius Secondary School, Sharman Crawford St, Co. Cork

    My perfect day would begin with a heart warming cup of tea, I would immerse myself in books filled with fantasy and illusion, while being transported into a world of vivid colour and unravelled imagination from music by night. I would fall into dreams filled with the sweet aroma of rosesSource: Google
  • Aibhlin Clabby, Our Ladys Bower, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

    My Doodle depicts My Perfect Day on an Indian Safari under the hot sun, mesmerized by the shimmering golden tones of the giraffes & tigers coats. The long hair of the mandrill sways gracefully as the slimy snake slithers through the intricate branches of the flat topped tree.Source: Google
  • Anuk Moroney , Firhouse Community College, Firhouse Road, Dublin 24

    This is inspired by Le Dejeuner sur l'hebre by Manet representing relaxing with friends.Source: Google
  • Séan Andrews, St Mary's Knockbeg College, Knockbeg, Co. Carlow

    My perfect day is to draw and watch films, it's simple but perfect. My passions are art and film and this is my expression of film as an art form. I chose Chaplin as my centre piece because he is an influential figure to me.Source: Google
  • Sarah Sturzel, Ratoath College, Ratoath, Co. Meath

    My perfect day is travelling far and wide discovering the world's wonders. I love the experience of learning through tools of observance and am mesmerised by the mind boggling beauty of my surroundings. I want to travel and see all there is to see for 'not all those who wander are lost.Source: Google

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