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Young Laois girl scoops big prize in Texaco Children’s Art Competition

Kelly Hynes with art teacher Anne Kelly
Kelly Hynes with art teacher Anne Kelly

A Laois student has won a top prize in this year’s 67th Texaco Children’s Art Competition.

In the 6 years and under age category, Kelly Hynes from Clonaslee, won second prize.

The five year old, a pupil at Anne Kelly School of Art, Craft & Design, for her painting entitled ‘Easter Eggs Hunt at Grannys’.

Her work is described by Final Adjudicator, Professor Declan McGonagle as a “soft and delicate use of the watercolour medium”.

Kelly received a ‘highly commended award’ last year and is so happy and excited to have achieved second place this year.

The Texaco Children’s Art Competition is popularly regarded as the longest-running sponsorship in the history of arts sponsoring in Ireland.

It has 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 Laois 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 is hosting an exhibition of the top 126 winning paintings in this year’s Competition.

Admission is free and further information is available at www.highlanes.ie

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.