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Junior Painter award winners unveiled

November 2020
A painting of a woman in a hijab with peace symbols in the background.
Overall national winner: SDG16 - Peace, by Sheana, Co. Offaly.

Although unable to celebrate in person, the entries for the Junior Painter of the Year awards for 2019/2020 were remarkable.

Due to government guidelines, the annual awards ceremony for the Junior Painter contest had to be cancelled. Participants’ certificates and the winners’ prizes were posted to them. The 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.

With over 900 entries received from children aged four to 13, the judges had a tremendously difficult job choosing the finalists.

Prizes were awarded by class category with two prizes for each class group.

  • Junior and Senior infants
  • 1st and 2nd class
  • 3rd and 4th class
  • 5th and 6th class

The overall national winner received a Samsung Galaxy tablet with S pen, and a one-year membership of ReCreate and a ReCreate Revolution workshop for their school.

The first runner-up received an engraved wooden box set of Derwent Coloursoft pencils, a year-long ReCreate membership for their school and an invitation for their class class to a workshop at ReCreate’s Warehouse in Dublin – a must see.

The second runner-up received an engraved wooden box set of Derwent Coloursoft pencils and a year-long membership to ReCreate for the their school, worth €250.

All finalists also received a certificate for participation and a small trophy plaque.

Workshops have not yet restarted with ReCreate. Once they are back up and running, the workshop prizes will be sent to schools.

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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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Overall national winners 

  • 1st: Sheana F, Ballybryan National School, Fahy, Rhode, Co. Offaly
  • 2nd: Ella T, Scoil Mhuire na nGael, Bay Estate, Dundalk, Co. Louth
  • 3rd: Aine B, St Baithins National School, Dundee, Co. Donegal

 Class category winners

Junior and senior infants 

  • Ailish B, Our Lady of Mercy Primary School, Cahir, Co. Tipperary.
  • Niall D B, Our Lady of Mercy Primary School, Cahir, Co. Tipperary (Special commendation)

1st and 2nd Class

  • Megan M, St Fintan’s National School, Taghmon, Co. Wexford
  • Gabriella C, Cloghroe National School, Blarney, Co. Cork
  • Kate D, Glinsk National School, Co. Galway

3rd and 4th Class:

  • Brooke D, Scoil Bhride, Navan, Co. Meath
  • Caitlín Mc, St Patrick Girls National School, Carndonagh, Co. Donegal
  • Sophia O’B, St Patrick Girls National School, Carndonagh, Co. Donegal (Special commendation)
  • Lucy C, Mount Hanover National School, Duleek, Co. Meath

5th and 6th Class:

  • Zohra S, St Columba’s NS with Facility for Deaf Children, Douglas, Co. Cork (special commendation)
  • Sineida L, Scoil Mhuire na nGael, Bay Estate, Dundalk, Co. Louth (special commendation).

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