Junior Painter winners receive their awards at a ceremony in Dublin

April 2018
Overall national winner: ‘Draw Me In… I'm Waiting’ by Patricia Poprawa from Glenswilly National School in Donegal.

The winners of this year’s Junior Painter competition will be presented with their awards today (April 17) at a gala in Dublin.

The annual Junior Painter contest, open to primary school children across Ireland, inspires hundreds of budding young artists to promote equality for people with disabilities in developing countries through art.

The awards ceremony takes place on Tuesday April 17 at 1pm in the Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin, where winners and their families can view an exhibition of the artwork. This year’s theme, ‘Put Us In The Picture’, asked students to imagine a future where everyone is equal, no matter where they live. Three national masterpieces were chosen from 15 regional winners by a team of expert judges.

The overall national prize was won by Patricia Poprawa from Glenswilly National School in Donegal. Second place went to Ella Taylor from Scoil Mhuire na nGael in Bay Estate, Dundalk, while third prize was won by Tobiasz Rogolski from Scoil Mhuire Naoga in Carrigtwohill in Cork. A full list of winners can be found at the bottom of this page.

Each of the national winners’ schools received a cash prizes from The Book Centre and Barker & Jones bookshops, and students won memberships to workshops and creative toolboxes from ReCreate Ireland. The competition is funded by Irish Aid.

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What is Junior Painter?

The annual competition inspires hundreds of Irish children to express their artistic talent while learning about equality for people with disabilities.

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The winners in full

Overall national winners 

  • 1st: Patricia Poprawa, Glenswilly National School, Donegal
  • 2nd: Ella Taylor, Scoil Mhuire na nGael, Bay Estate, Dundalk
  • 3rd: Tobiasz Rogolski, Scoil Mhuire Naofa, Carrigtwohill, Co Cork


Regional winners 

  • George Downes, Balrothery National School, Dublin
  • Ann Connors, St Fintans National School, Taghmon, Wexford
  • Brooke Doyle, Scoil Bhride Cannistown, Meath
  • Lily Crossan, St Paul’s National School, Mountmellick, Laois
  • Zuzanna Kaczmarowska, Monaleen National School, Limerick
  • Ella Lyons Lenihan, Monaleen National School, Limerick
  • Benjamin Franklin, Shronell National School, Lattin, Tipperary
  • Nadia Browne, Claddagh National School, Galway
  • Caitlin McDaid, St Patrick’s Girls’ National School, Donegal
  • Ciara Doherty, St. Patrick’s Girls’ National School, Cardonagh, Co Donegal
  • Eryk Puch, Scoil Mhuire Naofa, Co Cork
  • Dominick Keavney, Cloghans Hill National School, Tuam, Co Galway


Special judge’s commendation

  • Chloe Crosby, St Joseph’s National School, Dundalk, Louth
  • Andrew Senior, St Paul’s National School, Mountmellick, Laois
  • Aine Sheehan, Dromagh National School, Mallow, Co Cork
  • Katelyn Houston, Scoil an Choimin, Cloghan, Lifford, Donegal
  • Alice O’Shaugnessy Larkin, Scoil Mhuire na Ngael, Dundalk
  • Scott Lomasney, Scoil Mhuire Naofa, Carrigtwohill Cork
  • Dylan Williams, Ennis National School, Clare
Junior Painter judge PJ Lynch meets budding young artists.
Junior Painter 2018 judge and Laureate na nÓg PJ Lynch meets budding young artists.

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