Pupils at national schools in Ballyshannon, Bundoran and Creevy are among hundreds whose art-work is being considered for prizes at the Micheal O’Cleirigh Summer School in Rossnowlagh which takes places this weekend May 27 to 29.
The schools are competing with students from schools in Kinlough and Belleek because of O’Cleirigh’s connections with the towns four centuries ago.
Brother Mícheál Ó Cléirigh, a Franciscan, from Creevy, near Rossnowlagh outside Ballyshannon and his colleagues, finished their great history of Ireland The Annals of the Four Masters – in 1616, exactly 400 years ago.
The school in O’Cleirigh’s memory has the theme this year “Refugees and Strangers – Being Irish in Europe 1500 to 1800.”
So the art contest is based on the theme of leaving home. Entrants covered a wide variety of the theme of leaving home in their paintings. Some even featured animals departing for distant places.
Featured here is art work forwarded by some of the schools for the competition.
Full details of the O’Cleirigh Summer school are available on www.mocleirigh.ie