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02 Jul 2022

Leitrim students win top prizes in Texaco children’s art competition

Leitrim students win top prizes in Texaco children’s art competition

Two Leitrim students have won top prizes in this year’s 68th Texaco Children’s Art Competition.

They were Leah Gilmartin (11), from Gortletteragh National School, for her work entitled ‘Sisterly Love’, and Flynn McMorrow (6) from St Aidan's National School, Rossinver, for his work entitled ‘My Mammy’.

‘My Mammy’ by Flynn McMorrow (6) from St Aidan's National School, Rossinver

Both were winners of Special Merit Awards for artworks that Final Adjudicator, Professor Gary Granville said “displayed high levels of skill and creativity.”

‘Sisterly Love’ by Leah Gilmartin (11), from Gortletteragh National School

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 Leitrim and counties throughout Ireland have had their talents recognised and their creativity commended.

From May 31 to June 30, Belfast’s Royal Ulster Academy of Arts is hosting an exhibition of the top 126 winning paintings in this year’s Competition. Admission is free and the Academy is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am-5pm.

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