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# ireland is a land so green
This is what Google has chosen to be its 1916 Easter Commemoration Doodle
The winning design was drawn by 12-year-old Mia Buckley from Summercove National School.

NO FEE DOODLE 4 GOOGLE Marc O'Sullivan The winner, drawn by 12-year-old Cork student Mia Buckley Marc O'Sullivan

THE ‘GOOGLE DOODLE’ that will be displayed on the search engine’s Irish homepage on the centenary Easter Monday has been chosen.

This is the handy work of 12-year-old Cork student Mia Buckley from Summercove National School.

This is part of Google’s 2016 commemoration programme and students were asked to design a Doodle along the theme of ‘Ireland is…’ to show what Ireland means to them.

NO FEE DOODLE 4 GOOGLE 3 Marc O'Sullivan Winning student 12-year-old Mia Buckley Marc O'Sullivan

The winning design is entitled ‘Ireland is a land so green’ and integrates themes of sports, farming and music into the famous Google logo.

Speaking about it, Buckley said:

Ireland is a land so green with grazing cattle to be seen. Steeped in rich history with music and sports so fine. I love this Irish home of mine.

A ceremony was held at Google’s Dublin headquarters today where she was presented with the prize of a €5,000 scholarship towards her third-level studies as well as a Chromebook. Her school will also receive a €10,000 technology grant and her teacher will receive a Chromebook.

She beat out competition from 74 other regional finalists to have her design chosen.

Among the entries were others that celebrated alternative elements of Irish culture.

This entry from Maríosa Bryceland of Loreto Community School in Milford, Donegal is entitled ‘Ireland is inspiring’.

On her choice of imagery, Bryceland said: “Ireland should be known for more than leprechauns.”

google culture Google 'Ireland is inspiring' Google

This entry entitled ‘Ireland is Marine Life’ and was done by Inez Gadula from Loreto in Foxrock and is based on a sea theme.

“When I think of Ireland I think of the sea because Ireland is an island and I live by the coast,” Gadula says.

google sea Google Ireland is Marine Life Google

A full list of the regional finalists can be viewed here. 

Read: Today’s Google Doodle is a fun tribute to the creator of the Venn diagram

Also: The Irish author of Uncle Silas was honoured with a Google Doodle today

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