Donagh McDonnell, Tony McDonnell, Scoil Mhuire Clondra, and Mark Maguire of IMMA.
Pupils in Scoil Mhuire, Clondra, are this week celebrating as the judges of a leading national art competition have named them as County Winners in both the Junior and Senior category respectively, placing them in the running for what has become a much sought-after national title.
The competition, which is entitled ‘Someone Like Me’, is supported by the National Disability Authority.
It aims to promote disability awareness and nurture understanding amongst primary school students and to highlight the similarities that exist within people of all abilities.
Now an annual initiative, ‘Someone Like Me’ promotes inclusion and positive attitudes towards all persons, allowing children to learn about and discuss these topics and creatively express what they have learned through art and craft.
The Junior County Winner is Tony McDonnell, Senior Infants Scoil Mhuire Clondra whose drawing highlighted that everyone is special even if they are different.
Class teacher Colette McManus assisted in the submission.
The Senior County Winner was from pupil Emma Regan, 6th class Scoil Mhuire Clondra whose drawing emphasised the variety of activities that people with disabilities can participate in.
Class teacher Fiona Reilly assisted in the submission.
The judges, Caomhán Mac Con Iomaire, Mark Maguire and Ellen Keane, were greatly impressed with the artistic efforts of pupils and teachers at Scoil Mhuire Clondra for their imaginative ‘Someone Like Me’ submissions which were selected for being exceptionally insightful and inspirational.
Scoil Mhuire Clondra will now go on to compete with 45 other schools from around the country for the overall national 'Someone Like Me' award which will be announced by the Minister for State with special responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath TD at a ceremony at Dublin City Hall.
The competition, which offers a range of prizes up to the value of €750 was open to all primary school pupils from junior infants to sixth class and 2,400 entries were received from individual pupils, class groups and whole schools right across Ireland.
Entries ranged from posters and collages to large sculptural installations and multi-media pieces.