A LARGE crowd of young people, parents and teachers attended a reception and prize giving ceremony, hosted by the Laois County Council Arts Office in Áras an Chontae last week. The ceremony was for participants of the Lions international peace poster contest and exhibition. This year’s theme was ‘Imagine Peace’.
The event was attended by the Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council Paul Mitchell MCC who congratulated and praised all the participants and winners.
Fifteen schools were involved and a first and second prize winner was selected from each school.
The overall winner of the competition was announced as Patrycia Pawlus from Scoil Mhuire, Portlaoise. Patrycias’ poster will to go forward to the next stage of the international competition.
The winners included Patrycja Pawlus and Clarisse Dopongo from Scoil Mhuire, Portlaoise; Éimhin Ward and Dean Lalor from St Joseph NS, Borris in Ossory; Sinead Bergin and Alanna Tynan from Scoil St Colmcilles NS; Nadia Krawczun and Sarah Gee from Scoil Bhride, Mountrath; Rachel Brennan and Rhona Kealy from Newtown NS; Aisling Mulhall and Ciara Lalor from Gaelscoil Thromaire; Maria Luttrell and Lauren Adams from Sacred Heart, Portlaoise; Hailey Hayes and Hope Allen from Clonenagh NS; Paulina Widera and Jayson Alley from Scoil Bhride, Rathdowney; Cora Cuddy and Michelle Cuddy from Camross NS; Jade Carter and Jack O’Neill from Kolbe Special School; Aimee Chadwick from Gaelscoil Portlaoise; Dya Altimama and Seorsia Leah Jack from Maryboro NS, Portlaoise; Eoin Schuch and Evan Power from Paddock NS; and Katie Barry and Jade Kenny from Scoil Iosaif Naofa, Mountmellick.
Portlaoise Lions President Syl Murphy spoke of the importance of the competition and the quality of the entries.
He thanked the Arts Office and gave special thanks to Lions members Mary O’Riordain and Barbara Stanley the main organisers of the competition.
Bridie Keenan, Assistant Arts Officer also thanked the judge of the competition - artist Ray Murphy.
Inscribed plaques were then presented to the winners by Portlaoise Lions President Syl Murphy.
The work will be on display in Áras an Chontae and can be viewed by the public for two weeks. For more information contact the Arts Office at 057 86 74342.