Wexford students show off their creative side in annual Christmas Tree Decoration competition

By Amy Lewis

Published 29/12/2015 | 00:00

Primary School Group Entries from Bunclody, Caroreigh, CBS Wexford, Barntown, Adamstown and Templeshannon National Schools.
Primary School Group Entries from Bunclody, Caroreigh, CBS Wexford, Barntown, Adamstown and Templeshannon National Schools.
Junior and Senior Infants from Ballaghkeene, Tombrack, Ballyduff, Caroreigh, Craanford, Kilrane, Carrig On Bannow, Castledockrel, Templeshannon and Ballysimon National Schools with Cliona Connolly, Wexford County Council, and Cllr Tony Dempsey, Chairman of Wexford County Council.
Overall winner Michelle Murphy from 1st Class Ballyduff National School.
Ist and 2 nd Class pupils from Kilmuckridge, Ballyroebuck, Mercy St. John's Road, Barntown, Ballymitty, Screen, CBS Wexford, Rathnure and Templeshannon with Cliona Connolly Wexford Co Council and Cllr Tony Dempsey, chairman.
3rd and 4th Class pupils from Screen, Carrig On Bannow, Kilrane, Glynn, Bunclody,Ballyduff, St Mary's, Enniscorthy, Gorey Central School, Ballyroebuck and Caroreigh National Schools with Cliona Connolly, Wexford County Council, and Cllr Tony Dempsey, Council Chairman.
5th and 6th Class pupils from Murrintown, Barntown, Ballyduff, St Senans, Ballysimon, CBS Wexford, The Ballagh, Clologue, St Iberius, Monamolin and Ballygarrett National Schools.
Overall Secondary School Group Winners: Senior 2 Class Lady of Fatima School, Wexford, with theirtree made from old newspapers (from left) Cliona Connolly, Wexford County Council, Liam Coady, Richard Gahan, Eoin Craven, Jake Byrne and Council chairman Tony Dempsey.
Adult and Family Winners (from left) Margaret Phayres and Billy Phayres (3rd), Ballycarrigeen Ferns; Sophie McDonald, Nell McDonald and Ann Kinsella (2nd), Clonee, Ballyduff; chairman Tony Dempsey; Cliona Connolly; and Laura Connick (1st), Pine Valley, Coolree, Wexford.

Cribs, Christmas trees and snowmen were just some of the entries received in this year's Wexford County Council Christmas Decoration Competition.

The contest, which encourages young people to make unusual decorations from household waste and materials, saw hundreds of primary and secondary school students tap into their creative sides in recent weeks. At a special ceremony in County Hall, Cllr Tony Dempsey presented awards to the imaginative winners.

'The school children who participated in this competition have shown us all how to reduce waste by making unusual Christmas decorations from everyday household materials and a bit of imagination,' he said.

The overall competition winner was a decoration entitled 'Santa's House' by Michelle Murphy from Ballyduff National School. Michelle made the winning decoration by using cardboard boxes, bottle caps, yogurt cartons, plastic, magazine cuttings and other materials. The Overall Runner-Up was Dawid Kmiecik from Our Lady of Lourdes National School, Bunclody.

Dawid's decoration 'Christmas Trees' was made from newspaper, card and plastic gems from an old toy.

This year, all 308 entries were displayed in the County Hall during the ceremony. It marked the 12th year of the competition, which is run in association with South East Radio.

The first place winners were:

Junior Infants: Louanna Cussen,Ballaghkeene National School

Senior Infants:Leon Sinnott, Danescastle National School

1st Class: Gabija Bielyte, CBS Primary School

2nd Class: Noah Kehoe, Screen National Screen

3rd Class: J.P. Fielding, Screen National Screen

4th Class: Erin Doyle, Ballyduff National School

5th Class: Alex Gregg, Murrintown National School

6th Class: Emilijus Bielis, CBS Primary School

Primary Group Entries: 2nd Class CBS Primary School

Adult/ Family Entries: Laura Connick, Pine Valley

The overall winners were:

Primary: Michelle Murphy, Ballyduff National School

Secondary: Senior 2 Class Group, Our Lady of Fatima Special School

Overall Runner Up: Dawid Kmiecik, Our Lady of Lourdes National School

Dozens of others from across Wexford received awards for coming in second and third place. There were also several highly commended young artists.

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