Four children from Mayo are still in with the chance of becoming this year’s overall Doodle 4 Google champion. This year, students were asked to design a Doodle on the theme ‘Ireland Is…’ with the winning Doodle appearing on the Google homepage on Easter Monday, March 28.
The four Mayo students in with a chance of winning are Caoimhe Curley from Breaffy National School, Castlebar (Group 2 ), Liam Murphy from Garracloon National School, Ballina (Group 2 ), Katie Mullaney from St Joseph’s National School, Midfield, Swinford (Group 2 ), and Tereze Belseva from Davitt College, Castlebar (Group 4 ).
Voting to crown the winner of this year’s Doodle 4 Google competition will open from Sunday February 7 and the public will have just one week to cast their votes with the poll closing on Sunday February 14. More than 4,000 entries were received and shortlisted to 75 finalists.
The panel of judges which included the artist Maser, one of Ireland’s leading visual artists working in the urban environment, Aideen Howard, director of The Ark, a cultural centre for children, and Tomm Moore, co-founder and creative director of Cartoon Saloon, who directed the Oscar nominated film The Secret of Kells and the film Song of the Sea, had the difficult task of selecting the 75 finalists from the thousands of entries that were received.
Members of the public can vote from February 7 for their favourite Doodle on www.google.ie/doodle4google Voting will close at midnight on February 14. The five most popular doodles, one from each age category, will go forward to the grand final where the overall winner will be chosen by the Google Ireland team.