Support Abbeyleix’s budding young artist

A SECOND class student in Abbeyleix South School has been shortlisted in the Doodle for Google art competiiton. The competition allows primary and secondary school students from around Ireland to make their own doodles using the Google logo, and Orla McCorry’s piece ‘The Amazing Musician’ has been picked from thousands of entries.

A SECOND class student in Abbeyleix South School has been shortlisted in the Doodle for Google art competiiton. The competition allows primary and secondary school students from around Ireland to make their own doodles using the Google logo, and Orla McCorry’s piece ‘The Amazing Musician’ has been picked from thousands of entries.

At this stage of the competition the public is allowed to vote for their favourite and the South School is hoping that everyone will get behind Orla’s piece and help make her a winner. This is the second year that a student from the school has reached this stage of the competition and Orla is the only Laois student still left in the running.

Orla is seven years old and is from Ballyroan, the eldest daughter of Mark and Fiona McCorry. Orla is a big fan of music and art and came up with the idea for ‘The Amazing Musician’ in a dream. Orla said of the piece “My drawing is called ‘The Amazing Musician’. I designed each letter of the Google word to be a different instrument. My teacher says that the Google part is easy to see which is important for the design. I picked the different instruments because they fitted in well with the shape of the letters, the capital G becoming a harp with a harpist playing the strings. The harpist is the lead musician in my Google band. Then the two ‘o’s are a cello and a tambourine, the small ‘g’ is a horn, the ‘l’ is a maraca and the ‘e’ is another horn. Each letter is coloured differently and I used gel-pens because they make the letters stand out.”

Orla said that she would love to be a dress designer when she grows up, and this year, Santa helped with the process by giving her a dress designing kit. Orla will be going to the Google office with her teacher and one of her parents in March and said that she is so excited she could burst. Orla is delighted with everyone’s response to the great news. “It’s been really nice, everybody is very happy for me and they are all voting and getting their families and friends to vote.”

Her teacher Mrs Ruth Wallace is also thrilled with the news. “Orla is also the only representative for Laois in this stage of the competition. The Abbeyleix South National School had another pupil get to this stage last year too. We are very much a school that places great emphasis on the visual arts and we are very proud to have a pupil reach the finals again.” To find out more and to vote for Orla, visit www.google.ie/doodle4google and go to the public vote page. Orla’s design is in the first and second class categories.

The winning student will have their doodle appear on the Google Ireland homepage for 24 hours. They will also receive a laptop for themselves and one for their teacher, and their school will receive a €10,000 technology grant.