Roisin Doherty from Gleneely National School in Killygordon, was named amongst the Best Junior Painters in Ireland in the Connaught Ulster Third/Fourth Class Category at the Sightsavers Ireland Junior Painter Awards in the Botanic Gardens, Dublin on Wednesday last.
Nine year old Roisin’s winning painting entitled ‘The Future is in my Hands’ was inspired by the competition theme ‘My Vision of the Future’. This year’s competition was the largest yet with more than 5,000 entries from primary school children around Ireland.
Roisin and her family travelled to Dublin for the award ceremony where she received a €100 Art & Hobby voucher in recognition of her wonderful painting. Artist Don Conroy, who is a supporter of the project and provided exclusive tips for the budding painters, was also in attendance. In addition to Roisin’s prize, all the children in her class received art vouchers that were generously donated by Art & Hobby to help the children continue to explore their artistic talents.
Presenting the awards, CEO of Sightsavers Ireland John Fleming said, “This is the third year of the competition and it has been the biggest to date. It was established with the aim of educating children about how precious the gift of sight is and to help them appreciate some of the challenges experienced by people with blindness. We hope the competition gives the children a way to express these concerns and also to think about the positives in their lives. During judging, our offices were awash with colour and creativity and the talent and thought that went into the paintings was evident from the quality of entries we received. With so many superb artists it was difficult to choose a winner and I would like to thank the children and all the teachers who got involved. Special congratulations to Roisin on her fantastic painting, it’s a wonderful achievement.”
People can see all 16 winning paintings on www.sightsavers.ie and www.facebook.com/SightsaversIreland