Four South local students were amongst 36 young artists from Dublin to have won top prizes in this year’s 69th Texaco Children’s Art Competition. All were winners of Special Merit Awards for artworks that Final Adjudicator, Professor Gary Granville said ‘were imaginative and displayed high levels of skill and creativity’. They were Matthew Chen (age 6) from St. Thomas’ J.N.S. Lucan; and Hannah Oyakhirume (17), Aitor Moroney Puche (15) and Josh Maguire (18) – all pupils at St. Michael’s School, Chapelizod.
The Texaco Children’s Art Competition is popularly regarded as the longest-running sponsorship in the history of arts sponsoring in Ireland, with 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 Dublin and counties throughout Ireland have had their talents recognised and their creativity commended.