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Arty wins for Laois primary schools Sandy Lane NS and Shanahoe NS Abbeyleix

Laois Junior and Senior winners of 'Someone Like Me' competition

Arty wins for Laois primary schools Sandy Lane NS and Shanahoe NS Abbeyleix

Sandy Lane 1st and 2nd class, Junior County winners, with their group entry.

By Lynda Kiernan @laoisnews

Two Laois national schools are celebrating Junior and Senior County awards in a national art competition.

Sandy Lane NS in Portarlington and Shananhoe NS, near Abbeyleix, are now in the running for ‘Someone Like Me’ national titles.

The competition is sponsored by the Department of Justice and Equality, to promote disability awareness in school children.

The creations by pupils and teachers at Sandy Lane and Shanahoe were judged winners for their exceptional insight and inspiration.

The entry from Sandy Lane, Junior County winner, was a group entry created by 1st and 2nd Class pupils with teacher Mrs Bailey.

Each pupil decorated their own Lego character, as they are all big Lego fans and thought it would be a fun way to show how they are all similar yet different.

The entry from Shanahoe, named as Senior County winner, was created by 5th Class pupil Michael Bergin.

A highly graphic entry of this pupil's fingerprint, with an illustrated magnifying glass on his slogan ‘We each have a different print’.

Congratulating them, Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath TD was hugely encouraged by the 2,000 entries from 25 counties.

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There are more than 600,000 people in Ireland with a disability, of which 53,000 are children under 15.

Both schools will compete with 45 others for the national “Someone Like Me” award ceremony at Dublin City Hall on December 4.

Below: the Shanahoe NS entry. 

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