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Art entries capture what Mayo means

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Art winners
Edwin McGreal

With 299 entries to sift through, our Art judges were left in no doubt about how Mayo means many different things to people in the county.
And they were left in no doubt about the artistic talent in Mayo.
The Art entries were judged by art history lecturer Dr John Mulloy and Mayo-based artists Marie Wood and Breda Burns.
“The variety and range of art that the competition attracted is really and truly impressive. When you look around the judging room, the many different things that Mayo means to people is quite moving,” said Marie Wood.
“There’s superb variety, and a great level of skill on show in the entries. It’s particularly lovely to see the winners and merit winners all together – such a great array of colours, moods and styles. As a collection, it will make for a really strong exhibition,” said John Mulloy.
“The art that we’ve seen is also such a lovely tribute to Neill O’Neill. I was delighted, as somebody who knew Neill, to be able to be part of this tribute to him,” added Breda Burns.
The winner of the Adult Category was Richie Delaney from Murneen, Claremorris for his image of Patrick Kavanagh in an Achill graveyard, with words from his famous poem The Great Hunger included in the piece.
“Patrick Kavanagh has been transposed from the ‘stony grey soil of Monaghan’ down to an Achill graveyard. The picture is about hunger, famine – the experience of which is so deep in the Mayo psyche. The way some of the gravestones have fallen – some look like the gravestones that were done in cast concrete, which is great. You get them in Achill and up in Belmullet and so on. They’re gorgeous… This artwork is very skillful,” said John Mulloy.
The Merit winners (runners-up) in the adult category were, in alphabetical order: Katie Delaney, Murneen, Claremorris; Pat Kelly, Slogger, Westport; Sarah Lavelle, Furnace, Newport; Doreen Mulroy, Tonranny, Westport.

‘Skilled and passionate’
The Secondary School Category winner is Nicole Karl, a Transition Year student at Sancta Maria College in Louisburgh. Her image depicts a girl wearing a Mayo jersey and ripping it open to reveal an image of Croagh Patrick. The green and red of Mayo are painted across her cheeks, in tribal fashion.
“It’s very skilled. It really conveys her personality as well as ‘Mayo’, and that passion is really there to see. It’s fantastic,” said Marie Wood.
The Merit winners (runners-up) in the Secondary School category were: Ross McHale, Kildare and Ballycastle; Kayleigh Rice, St Joseph’s Secondary School, Castlebar; Dylan Stanaway, Rice College; Íde Swanton, Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh.

‘Evocative’ art
The National School Art winner is Niamh Kelly, a sixth class pupil at Scoil Phádraig, Westport for her painting of Croagh Patrick.
“It’s very mature. It has a real warmth too. I love the way you can see the path, and the forest coming down the side. It’s very evocative,” said Breda Burns.  
The Merit winners (runners-up) in the National School category are: David Corrigan, Scoil Phádraig, Westport; David Motiu, Scoil Phádraig, Westport; Ruairí O’Neill, St Colmcille’s NS, Westport Quay; Danny Scanlon, St Colmcille’s NS, Westport Quay.

Art winners
National School winner: Niamh Kelly, Scoil Phádraig, Westport.
National School Merit winners: David Corrigan, Scoil Phádraig, Westport; David Motiu, Scoil Phádraig, Westport; Ruairí O’Neill, St Colmcille’s NS, Westport Quay; Danny Scanlon, St Colmcille’s NS, Westport Quay.
Secondary School winner: Nicole Karl, Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh.
Secondary School Merit winners: Ross McHale, Kildare and Ballycastle; Kayleigh Rice, St Joseph’s Secondary School, Castlebar; Dylan Stanaway, Rice College; Íde Swanton, Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh.
Adult winner: Richie Delaney, Murneen, Claremorris.
Adult Merit winners: Katie Delaney, Murneen, Claremorris; Pat Kelly, Slogger, Westport; Sarah Lavelle, Furnace, Newport; Doreen Mulroy, Tonranny, Westport.