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These are the best pieces of art in the country by young artists

Seriously impressive work.

A1 - Lucy Deegan - Carlow Lucy Deegan's entry.

A 17-YEAR-OLD from Laois has claimed the overall prize in the 63rd Texaco Children’s Art Competition .

Lucy Deegan from Luggacurren was picked after taking first prize in the senior 16-18 years age category. Along with a cheque for €1,500, she will be be invited to travel to Tokyo next August at the invitation of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture.

There she will be an honoured guest at an awards ceremony being held in conjunction with the 18th International High School Arts Festival in which her winning artwork will be one of the leading exhibits.

Described by competition adjudicators as a ‘beautifully composed and exquisitely finished piece’, her winning entry, entitled Tom – Summer, is a detailed portrait study of her brother, carefully executed with colouring pencils and white gel pen.

Asked what inspired her to choose him as her subject, Lucy said:

My brother Tom is special to our family. Because he means so much to us, I wanted to capture him at his happiest.

Praising what he termed the ‘skill and maturity’ of her work – which took almost two months to complete – the Chairman of the judging panel, Professor Declan McGonagle described Lucy’s winning entry as “a life-like and brilliantly executed study in which the artist has so perfectly captured the personality of her subject and in which the affection she has for her brother is so wonderfully revealed.”


In Category A, second prize (€1,000) was won by Joel Smyth (17), a student at Bangor Academy & Sixth Form College, Co. Down, for his work entitled Lone Tree, while third prize (€750) was won by Grace Carson (17), from Cookstown High School, Co. Tyrone, for her untitled winter landscape.

A2 - Joel Smyth - Down Joel Smith's entry.

A3 - Grace Carson - Tyrone Grace Carson's entry.

In category B (14-15 years), the €450 first prize was won by Dublin student Méabh Scahill (14), from Sutton Park School, for her self-portrait.

B1 - Meabh Scahill - Dublin

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


In Category D (9-11 years), first prize (€250 Art & Hobby gift voucher) was won by Ava Henson (11), a student at The Harold School, Glasthule, Co. Dublin.

D1 - Ava Henson - Dublin

In Category E (7-8 years), the first prize of a €200 Art & Hobby gift voucher was won by Noah James Flynn (7), from Scoil Bhríde, Menlough, Co. Galway, for a piece entitled Ruby May.

E1 - Noah James Flynn - Galway

In Category F (6 years and younger), the youngest age group in the Competition, first prize winner of a €150 Art & Hobby gift voucher was Eibhlín Murphy (6), a pupil at St. Joseph’s Girls National School, Clonakilty, Co. Cork, for her plant study entitled Daisies.

F1 - Eibhlin Murphy - Cork

In Category G, reserved for entries from children with special needs, first prize of a €400 Art & Hobby gift voucher was won by James Wellwood, (17) a student at Coláiste Mhuire, Johnstown, Co. Kilkenny, for his painting entitled Peafowl In The Forest.

G1 - James Wellwood - Kilkenny

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