Niamh’s peace poster wins top prize in Lions Club contest

A student of Crehana National School has won Carrick-on-Suir Lions Club’s annual Peace Poster competition.

A student of Crehana National School has won Carrick-on-Suir Lions Club’s annual Peace Poster competition.

Niamh O’Loughlin’s poster on the theme “Children know peace” has earned her the Paddy Clancy Memorial Plaque and a €100 cash prize.

Her school also received €100.

She received the award at Carrick-on-Suir Lions Club’s February meeting, which was attended by Mayor of Carrick-on-Suir Cllr Patsy Fitzgerald, parents and teachers of the 13 participating schools.

Certificates and €40 prizes were present to the other participating school winners: Sian Collins, Clonea NS; Roisin Dunphy, Newtown NS; Andrew Long, Templeorum NS; Aisling Dunphy, Ballyneale NS; Avril Hogan, Piltown NS; Caitlyn Kenny, Carrick-on-Suir Gaelscoil; Lisa Connolly, Presentation Convent; Emer Foran, Portlaw NS; Aoife Doyle, Owning NS; Eoin Dowley, Rathgormack NS; Rehan Ali, Christian Brothers Green School; Maeve Moran, Grangemockler NS.

The art competition was open to children between 11 and 13 years of age.

The competition encourages children in the community to think about the importance of world peace, tolerance, and international understanding and also to encourage them to share their unique visions with the world through pictures and art.

Carrick-on-Suir Lions Club President Maria Madden congratulated the participating children from the local primary schools and highly praised Lions Club member Pat Murphy, who runs the competition every year.

Maria said the Lions Club become involved in the Peace Poster competition because it helps members to form relationships with young people and their families and it brings a greater awareness to them of the Lions Club’s involvement in their community and Lions International.

It also helps the children feel part of their community and in so doing they have a greater respect for their responsibility to that community.

Mayor Cllr Patsy Fitzgerald said the competition celebrated something good and special in the town, youth leadership and individual effort as well as collective community action which can be observed every day in Carrick-on-Suir.