Claremorris student wins Texaco Art Competition

MAYO ADVERTISER, April 16, 2014

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.

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Mayo fall short again in Croker

Mayo Advertiser, April 13, 2014.

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.

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The weekend in Mayo

Mayo Advertiser, April 11, 2014.

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

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