Regional art honour for Killygordon’s Pauric

A Killygordon primary school student has won a regional art competition for Sightsavers charity.

A Killygordon primary school student has won a regional art competition for Sightsavers charity.

Pauric Gallen from Killygordon has been named the Connaught regional winner in the first and second class category for his entry into the Sightsavers Ireland Junior Painter of the Year Awards.

Primary School children from all over Ireland were asked to create a painting under the theme ‘Seeing This Makes Me Smile’ for the competition and almost 5,000 children from around the country sent in entries. Pauric, who is a pupil at Gleneely National School, Killygordon painted ’Piggy Power in Space’ for his entry.

Pauric and his classmates were visited by Mary Gordon of Sightsavers Ireland to congratulate Pauric on his win. Pauric has won a gift card and art supplies from Easons and his painting will be displayed at an exhibition hosted by Sightsavers Ireland in Airfield House, Dublin next month. There he will have the chance of winning the national title of 1st/2nd Class Painting in Ireland and an art lesson for his whole class with top Irish artist, Helen Steele. The awards are supported by Easons and the Irish Times.

“The aim of the competition is to give children an understanding of the importance of their own sight and we are delighted with the huge number of entries to the competition,” said John Fleming, CEO of Sightsavers Ireland.

“The theme of this year’s competition, ‘Seeing This Makes Me Smile’, was chosen to inspire children to think of all the fantastic things that sight can bring to them and it has provided a wonderful insight into what is important to children today.