THREE talented Kerry students have won top prizes in this year’s Texaco children’s art competition, the results of which were delayed until now due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In the 14-15 years age category, 15-year-old Clodagh McCluskey, a pupil at Presentation Secondary School, Tralee, won first prize for her portrait of a rooster entitled Feathers.
Her work is described by final adjudicator, Professor Declan McGonagle, as an assertive image with a strong colour sense.
In addition, two Kerry winners each won special merit awards for artworks that Professor McGonagle said demonstrated high levels of skill and imagination.
They were Ula Rupsyte (16) from Coláiste na Sceilge, Caherciveen and David MacAodha (12) from Knockaclarig National School, Tralee.
The competition, now in its 67th year, is regarded as the longest-running sponsorship in the history of arts sponsoring in Ireland, with an unbroken history that dates back to the very first Competition held in 1955.
This year, as has been the case throughout its life, it has been a platform on which young artists from Kerry and counties throughout Ireland have had their talents recognised and their creativity commended.
From September 14 to October 2, Drogheda’s Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery will host an exhibition of the top 126 winning paintings