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An art piece from Aidan Lavery which won a Special Merit Award.
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Two Abbey Christian Brothers' Grammar School pupils have won Special Merit Awards in this year’s 67th Texaco Children’s Art Competition, the results of which were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Art work from Luke McAleenan which won a Special Merit Award.
Art work from Luke McAleenan which won a Special Merit Award.

A total of four County Down winners each won Special Merit Awards for artworks that Final Adjudicator, Professor McGonagle said, “demonstrated high levels of skill and imagination.”

The winners were Luke McAleenan (18) and Aidan Lavery (18), both pupils at Abbey Christian Brothers' Grammar School, Newry; Jodie McGrogan (17) from Beechlawn Special School, Hillsborough and Fionnuala Gormley (11) from Assumption Grammar School, Hillsborough.

In Category G, reserved for entries from young artists of all ages with special needs, third prize was won by 15-year old Elisha Brady, a pupil at The High School, Ballynahinch for her work entitled ‘Apollo And I’.

The Texaco Children’s Art Competition is popularly regarded as the longest-running sponsorship in the history of arts sponsoring in Ireland, with an unbroken history that dates back to the very first Competition held in 1955. This year, as has been the case throughout its life, it has been a platform on which young artists from Down and counties throughout Ireland have had their talents recognised and their creativity commended.

From September 14 to October 2, Drogheda’s Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery is hosting an exhibition of the top 126 winning paintings in this year’s Competition. Admission is free and further information is available at

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