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Aspiring Carrigaline Artist wins Top Prize in the annual Texaco Children’s Art Competition.

12 Cork students have won top prizes in this year’s 70th Texaco Children’s Art Competition, including 8 year old Vihaan Manne from Mary Murphy School of Art in Carrigaline.

In the 9-11 year age category, Philippa Costello (age 10), a pupil at Watergrasshill National School, won second prize for her work entitled ‘My Community’. Her artwork is described by Final Adjudicator, Gary Granville, Professor Emeritus of Education at the National College of Art and Design  as “an abstract work, through an unusual lens, in which her mapping of her community is both delightful and insightful”.

In addition, 9 Cork winners each won Special Merit Awards for artworks that Professor Granville said ‘demonstrated high levels of skill and imagination’.

 They were Darragh Woods (14) and Aimee Lombard (14), both pupils at Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig; Alexandra O'Brennan (16) from Christ King Girls' Secondary School, Cork; Abimbola Fashade (14) from Glanmire Community College; Lily Atkinson (15) from Our Lady of Good Counsel School, Ballincollig; Moya Dennigan (12) from Gaelscoil Mhainistir Na Corann, Midleton; Aoife O'Regan (16) from Coláiste na Toirbhirte, Bandon; Keelin Ní Laoire (18) from Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh and Gael Taaffe (17) from Skibbereen Community School.

8 year old Vihaan Manne's winning artwork

The Texaco Children’s Art Competition is popularly regarded as the longest-running sponsorship in the history of arts sponsoring in Ireland, with an unbroken history that dates back to the very first Competition held in 1955. This year, as has been the case throughout its life, it has been a platform on which young artists from Cork and counties throughout Ireland have had their talents recognised and their creativity commended.

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