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Thursday 23 November 2017

Young Wexford artists buzzing from county council awards

By David tucker

Colouring Competition, Junior and Senior Infants, back: Cliona Connolly, Wexford County Council; Nicholas Egan, Wexford Naturalists Field Club; Cllr John Hegarty, and Don Conroy, artist and judge. Front: Jayson McFarland, Ballycanew NS; Ellie May Wickham, Ballaghkeene NS; Bobby Kent, St Garvan's NS Caroreigh; Ruby Kate Moore, Rathangan NS and Helena Forrestal, Ballindaggin NS.
Colouring Competition, Junior and Senior Infants, back: Cliona Connolly, Wexford County Council; Nicholas Egan, Wexford Naturalists Field Club; Cllr John Hegarty, and Don Conroy, artist and judge. Front: Jayson McFarland, Ballycanew NS; Ellie May Wickham, Ballaghkeene NS; Bobby Kent, St Garvan's NS Caroreigh; Ruby Kate Moore, Rathangan NS and Helena Forrestal, Ballindaggin NS.
Overall school winners, back row: Cliona Connolly, Wexford County Council; Nicholas Egan, Wexford Naturalists Field Club and Don Conroy, artist and judge. Front: Yvonne Lambert, Bunclody Vocational College, overall winner, secondary school; Cllr John Hegarty and Erin Doyle, Ballyduff NS, overall winner primary school.
Snap Into Action Winners, back row: Cliona Connolly, Wexford County Council; Declan Cosgrove, Duncormick Harvest Festival; Isabelle Walsh, Scoil Mochua; Nicholas Egan, Wexford Naturalists Field Club; Cathal Murphy, Scoil Mochua and Don Conroy, artist.Front: Grainne Waters, Scoil Mochua; Cllr John Hegarty, Austin Murphy and Clara Murphy, Duncormick Harvest Festival.
1st and 2nd class winners, back row: Cliona Connolly, Wexford County Council; Nicholas Egan, Wexford Naturalists Field Club; Cllr John Hegarty, and Don Conroy artist and judge; Front row: Billy Plummer, Scoil Naomh Maodhóh Ferns; Róisín Reville, Carroreigh NS; Kiera O'Connor, Naomh Maodhóg Ferns; Clodagh Byrne, Ballaghkeene NS and Ellie Briget Balfe, St Senan's Primary School.
3rd and 4th Class winners, back row: Cliona Connolly, Wexford County Council; Eabha Doyle, Scoil Naomh Maodhóg Ferns; Nicholas Egan Wexford Naturalists Field Club; Elese Doyle, Ballyduff NS; Cllr John Heagarty, Ava Doyle for Hannah Willis, St Kevin's NS Tara Hill and Don Conroy, artist and judge.
5th and 6th Class winners, back row: Cliona Connolly, Wexford County Council; Abbie Gahan, Our Lady of Lourdes NS Bunclody; Doin Conroy, artist and judge; Kate Doyle, Ballyduff NS and Nicholas Egan, Wexford Naturalists Field Club. Front: Dawid Kmiecik, Our Lady of Lourdes NS Bunclody; Cllr John Hegarty and Nadia Polaitecka, Scoil Naomh Maodhóg, Ferns.
Bee box winners, back row: Nadia Polaitiecka, Ferns NS; Cliona Connolly, Wexford County Council; Easha Doyle, Ferns NS; Don Conroy, artist and judge; Róisín Reville, Carroreigh NS and Nicholas Egan Wexford Naturalists Field Club. Front row: Kiera O'Connor, Ferns NS; Billy Plummer, Ferns NS; Ellie Bridget Balfe, St Senan's NS; Cllr John Hegarty, Clodagh Byrne, Ballaghkeene NS; Bobby Kent, Caroreigh NS and Helena Forristal, Ballindaggin NS.
1st and 3rd year winners, back row: Cliona Connolly, Wexford County Council; Adriana Ruthovska (joint 3rd) Gorey Community School; Nicholas Egan, Wexford Naturalists Field Club, Sophie Telford, Kennedy College New Ross, and Don Conroy, artist and judge. Front: Ella McShane, Gorey Community School, joint 3rd; Cllr John Hegarty and Amanda Dobre, Gorey Community School, 1st.

with a theme based around saving our endangered bees, young artists from schools all around County Wexford received awards for the Wexford County Council Annual Artwork Competition 2017 in the County Hall last week.

'This competition is about raising awareness of the importance of our bees, and encouraging us all, from local authorities to farmers, to gardeners and businesses to schools to try to create a county where pollinators can survive and thrive,' said council chairman Cllr John Hegarty.

The artwork competition is an initiative run by the Environment Section of Wexford County Council in conjunction with Wexford Naturalists' Field Club.

The theme of this year's competition was 'Bumblebee, Solitary Bee and Honeybee - Nature Pollinators.' Cllr Hegarty presented prizes to 30 school children representing both primary and secondary schools.

'the aim of the competition was to develop an awareness of the importance of biodiversity and to better understand its value to local communities,' said Cllr Hegarty.

'Each year a different theme is chosen and this year's theme was about bees nature's pollinators. The All Ireland Pollinator Plan (2015-2020) was produced to help save our bees. One third of our bees species are threatened with extinction from Ireland.

'We know it's because we have drastically reduced the areas where they can nest and the amount of food our landscape provides for them. Without bees we won't be able to grow our own fruits and vegetables, and our wild flowers will begin to disappear.

Cllr Hegarty said the artwork displayed here today reminds us all to look after our environment, a precious legacy for the generations to come.

'We all have a role to play in learning more about biodiversity and protecting the natural heritage of Wexford.'

The competition received 1754 entries from schools from all over the county.

The Chairman thanked Don Conroy for judging the art and colouring competition and thanked Wexford Naturalists' Field Club for supporting the competition. He also praised the young artists present and encouraged them to maintain a healthy respect for the environment as part of their lives.

The overall winner from Primary schools was Erin Doyle, Ballyduff National School and the overall winner from Secondary Schools was Yvonne Lambert, of Bunclody Vocational College. The winning artwork will be displayed in County Hall until the end of July. Prizes were also presented for the Snap into Action Competition, which is open to both schools and community groups. This competition encourages people from all walks of life to take action against litter. Scoil Mochua, Oulart received first prize in the Snap Into Action School Competition and received a cheque for €500. Duncormick Harvest Festival Committee were presented with 1st prize in the Snap Into Action Community Group Competition and also received a cheque for €500.

Wexford People

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