A 16-years old Claremorris student, Shania McDonagh, has been chosen as the overall top prize winner of this year’s Texaco Children’s Art Competition. Her achievement in winning first prize in the senior age category, for students aged 16 to 18 years, brings with it the additional distinction of being the sixtieth young artist to share the honour in what is the 60th year of the competition.
A first prize winner in her various younger age categories on four occasions previously (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013), Shania is known for her painstakingly detailed portraits. Her prize-winning entry this year, a pencil study entitled ‘Coleman’, follows the style that has made her work so successful. A close-up facial study in pencil, it portrays her subject in such life-like detail that one can see every facial detail with absolute clarity.
Mayo left Croke Park on Sunday evening with far more questions than answers, as a 14 man Derry team ran at them and right through them, into the National Football League final in a fortnight's time. For the second time in the space of a few weeks, Mayo had a man advantage and a decent lead, but they were unable to see the game out and came up short in Croke Park. When Fergal Doherty was shown a second yellow card and ordered off the field for a late challenge on Aidan O'Shea in the build up to Mayo's goal 24 minutes in, it should have been the staging post for Mayo's march to victory. But, they never got moving as freely as expected and Derry ran out deserving winners.
Black comedy, drama, choral music, quizzing and music sessions are just a few of the weekend entertainment happenings at various venues around the county. Send us your events to email@example.com.
Germany and France offer significant potential for Irish tourism, according to a new strategy unveiled by Tourism Ireland. The launch was attended by tourism businesses from around Ireland – including Nora Heraty of Westport House Caravan and Camping Park. Tourism Ireland’s new three-year plan, ‘Germany and France – A Strategy for Growth’, sets out challenging and ambitious targets which will see the number of German and French visitors to the island of Ireland grow to 1.1 million by 2016, delivering revenue of €602 million for the economies north and south.
SsangYong has launched its flagship 4x4 SUV, the new Rexton W, with a competitive starting price of €34,119 (including VAT) for the commercial version.