The Arts Office, Laois County Council hosted a reception and prize giving ceremony for the Lions International Peace Poster Competition in Áras an Chontae, Portlaoise, on Wednesday November 20.
Winners of 1st and 2nd prize were presented with a plaque by President of the Lions Club Máire Ní Riordáin and the overall winner of the Laois contest was announced as Luiza Kazakevica from St. Josephs NS Borris in Ossory, and her work will go forward to the next stage of the international competition.
The Lions International Peace Poster Contest is an international contest that allows children, ages 11 – 13, to creatively express what peace means to them and to share their unique image of peace and to encourage greater tolerance and understanding.
The theme this year is “Journey of Peace” and its the 15th year Laois County Council have hosted the event, organised jointly by the Lions Club and the Arts Office.
Thanks must go to Lions members Mary O’Riordan and Barbara Stanley – the main organisers of the competition and to the judge, well- known local artist Ray Murphy who didn’t have an easy job to pick the winners from the 9 schools who participated this year.
The posters will be on display to the public in Áras an Chontae for two weeks for visitors to view the work.
A total of nine schools had winners on the day.
The winners are as follows:
Winners and schools include Trumera NS: 1st Prize Tamara Callaghan 2nd Prize Cormac Page Paddock NS: 1st Prize Daniel Whelan 2nd Prize Callum Heffernan St Joseph’s NS Borris-In-Ossory: 1st Prize Luiza Kazakevica 2nd Prize Killian Mulhall Killadooley NS: 1st Prize Eimear Whelan 2nd Prize Sarah Ryan St Joseph’s Girls NS Mountmellick: 1st Prize Lucy Burke 2nd Prize Mia Chen Scoil Bhride NS Mountrath: 1st Prize Emily Lundberg 2nd Prize Ella Phelan Scoil Bhride NS Rathdowney: 1st Prize Mia Byrne 2nd Prize Vicky Hu Clonenagh NS Mountrath: 1st Prize Kacper Niemiec 2nd Prize Ciara Peavoy St Fintan’s NS Mountrath: 1st Prize Michael Kavanagh 2nd Prize Dylan O’Brien