Talented young Lucan artists win Texaco Children’s Art Competition Awards

by Padraig Conlon
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Two Lucan students were amongst 40 Dublin winners who were presented with top awards in this year’s 65th Texaco Children’s Art Competition. 

Marianne Barrett (8), from Scoil Mhuire Girls’ National School, won a Special Merit Award in the Competition.

She was recently presented with her award by Chairman of the judging panel, Professor Gary Granville and James Twohig, Director Ireland Operations at Valero.

Another Lucan winner, who also received a Special Merit Award at the ceremony held in Enfield, was Bobby Colgan (8), from The Studios Lucan (Art Club) (pictured below)

Young artists from all over Ireland between the ages of 6 and 18 competed in the annual event.

The Texaco Children’s Art Competition is an Irish institution since first being launched all the way back in 1955.

Down the years it’s had some very distinguished past winners whose early interest in art and the arts may well have been encouraged by their participation in the Competition.

These include artists Dorothy Cross, Graham Knuttel and Robert Ballagh, fashion designer Paul Costello, broadcasters Thelma Mansfield and Terry Prone, ICTU General Secretary David Begg, novelist Clare Boylan, actress Jean Anne Crowley and musician Ethna Tinney.

In addition, one can only imagine the countless other winners whose early love of art was fostered by this Competition and who still reflect this warmth in their daily lives as adults, parents and teachers.

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