A Crehana National School student has won the overall prize in Carrick-on-Suir Lions Club’s Peace Poster Competition.
Shane Grehan’s winning poster will now go forward to the regional final of the Lions International Peace Poster Competition.
He and other young artists, who took part in the competition, were presented with their prizes at Carrick-on-Suir Lions Club’s March meeting.
Students from Ballyneale NS, Presentation Convent NS, Comeragh College, the Christian Brothers, Piltown NS, Portlaw NS, Clonea Power NS, Rathgormack NS and Crehana NS submitted entries to the competition, which is confined to children aged between 11 and 13.
The theme was ‘Vision of Peace’, which encouraged the young artists to creatively express what peace means to them.
The artwork from all the children was tremendous and beautifully created.
The best entry in each school was awarded a cash prize of €25 and the overall winner €100.
Judges Jill Dowley and Annette Glascott had a very difficult task in selecting a winner and Carrick-on-Suir Lions Club President Maria Madden thanked them for their work.
She said the Lions Club was pleased to sponsor this competition, as it is a wonderful opportunity to work with the young people in the community.
The competition allowed children to share their unique image of peace with others so that we all may have greater tolerance and international understanding.
Ms Madden also said the competition was an opportunity for parents, teachers and group leaders to discuss with children the importance of peace.
Parents of the winning artists attended the ceremony.
Ms Madden paid a special tribute to the Lions Club’s longest serving member Pat Murphy, who was the principal organiser of the Peace Poster competition.
He had the difficult task of visiting the eleven schools, promoting and setting up the idea with the teachers, collecting the entries and securing judges.