It was a case of art imitating life when a host of young artists arrived at the offices of Northside Partnership yesterday for a special awards ceremony. Newly appointed Northside Partnership CEO, Paul Rogers awarded prizes to over 21 children from 11 local schools whose art depicted Easter and the 1916 Rising. 
The students were participants in the annual Northside Education Support Network art competition for children from Junior Infants up to 2nd year in secondary school. The competition was open to all schools in Northside Partnership’s catchment area in Dublin 3, 5, 13 and 17.
Speaking at the ceremony, Northside Partnership director and master of ceremonies Declan Cahill said, “We were delighted to have over 440 entries again this year from 14 different north Dublin schools. Our judging panel had a tough task as they assessed the entries looking at criteria such as interpretation of theme, use of colour, originality and overall impression. They praised the quality on display and were very impressed by the standard of entries received.”
Aoife Ward, from first year in Manor House was the artist behind a very powerful depiction of the GPO engulfed in flames. Roxanne Chiriac, second year winner from Holy Faith Killester who captured both 1916 and the Easter festival, said “I tried to do something inspired with flowers, hands holding a candle and the stairwell leading up to heaven.”
Mia Kirwan, from Manor House Raheny, used a powerful quote from the Proclamation, which inspired her to paint a picture featuring both male and female civilians in 1916. 
Among students, teachers and families attending the ceremony was Annette Mullally, grandmother of Rachel Cunningham, winner from Scoil Caitriona who commented, “I’m amazed to see that a child would draw the tricolour with a soldier, or the GPO in flames – it’s fascinating.”
The full list of winning students across all six categories is as follows:
Junior / Senior Infants:
  • 1st prize: Hayley Osbourne, Our Lady Immaculate JNS, Darndale
  • 2nd prize: Callum Dennis, Scoil Eoin, Kilbarrack
  • 3rd prize: Katie Murphy, Our Lady Immaculate JNS
1st / 2nd Class:
  • 1st prize: Sally Farrell, Our Lady Immaculate JNS
  • 2nd prize: Phuong Anh Nguyen, St Joseph’s NS, Bonnybrook
  • 3rd prize: Darcy Gibbons, Our Lady Immaculate JNS and Rhys Tyrrell, St Brendan’s BNS
3rd / 4th Class:
  • 1st prize: Zahin Talebe, St Mary’s NS, Fairview 
  • 2nd prize: Erin Barnwell, St Mary’s NS, Fairview
  • 3rd prize: Shane Brunt, St Joseph’s NS, Bonnybrook
5th / 6th Class:
  • 1st prize: Molly Mooney, St Joseph’s NS 
  • 2nd prize: Rachel Cunningham, Scoil Chaitríona Cailíní
  • 3rd prize: Emily Whelan, St Eithne’s GNS, Edenmore
1st / 2nd Year:
  • 1st prize: Mia Kirwan, Manor House, Raheny 
  • 2nd prize: Roxanne Chiriac, St Mary’s Holy Faith, Killester
  • 3rd prize: Aoife Ward, Manor House, Raheny
Special Needs:
  • 1st prize: Joshua Cilomba, Our Lady of Consolation, Donnycarney
  • 2nd prize: Chloe Blake, Scoil Chaitríona
  • 3rd prize: Hazel Murphy White, Scoil Chaitríona

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