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Deadline extended for Neill O’Neill Creativity Awards


CREATIVE COMPOSITIONS  Pupils from Scoil Phádraig, Westport, hand delivered their entries to the Neill O’Neill Creativity Awards recently at The Mayo News offices in Westport. They are pictured presenting their submissions to Edwin McGreal, Awards co-ordinator. Also in picture is Ciara Moynihan, Awards co-ordinator; Ms Colette Fleming, teacher; and Natalie Berry, Director, The Mayo News. The students also regaled Mayo News staff with some of the interesting insights they learned about Mayo while working on submissions. Scoil Phádraig was the late Neill O’Neill’s alma mater.  Pic: Carol Barrett

Michael Duffy

Following requests from a number of schools in Mayo, the deadline for the Neill O’Neill Creativity Awards has been extended by two weeks.
The original deadline was to be this Friday, March 15 but, due to the proximity to St Patrick’s Day parade preparations in many national schools, it has been decided to extend the deadline to 5pm on Friday, March 29 next.
Kindly sponsored by Portwest, Mayo.ie and SuperValu, the awards are designed to recognise outstanding creativity in the separate categories of photography, writing and art. Each category is further broken down into age-related sub-categories. These are primary school, secondary school and adult.
The awards are being held to honour of the memory of Neill O’Neill, former Managing Editor of The Mayo News, who passed away in October 2017.
The three award categories reflect Neill’s passion for creativity and storytelling. He was a keen photographer, with an eye for a good shot and an appreciation of the power of the still image. He loved the written word, building his career around it – and no man loved a good yarn more. When it came to art, he had strong opinions; whether he loved it or hated a particular example, he was never indifferent, nor shy of sharing his view.
Most of all, Neill was passionate about Mayo, and this love of his county is reflected in the theme that all entries must reflect: ‘What Mayo Means to Me’.
While all the photos, artworks and written pieces must adhere to this theme, entrants are free to give a different title to their work. For this reason, entrants are asked to accompany their submission with a short (up to 200 words) explanation of why or how their entry reflects the competition’s theme.
Already, there has been a steady flow of entries in all categories to the offices of The Mayo News.
“We’ve been very impressed with the standard of entries so far, in all categories,” said awards co-ordinator Edwin McGreal. “There’s no doubt the judges will have a very difficult task in trying to pick a winner,” he added.
For more information on how to enter, and for the awards’ guidelines and rules, please visit mayonews.ie/awards