March 5, 2024

Talented Kilkenny kids win top prizes in national art competition

Two Kilkenny students have won top prizes in this year’s 67th Texaco Children’s Art Competition.

The results of the national students’ art competition had been delayed due to the pandemic.

Rose Smyth (15) from Kilkenny College won a Special Merit Award for her work entitled ‘Woodwork Tools’.

Daniel McGing (6) from Bennettsbridge National School also won a Special Merit for his ‘House On A Hill With Trees’.

Final Adjudicator Professor Declan McGonagle said both Kilkenny artworks “demonstrated high levels of skill and imagination”.

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 Kilkenny 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. Further information is available at

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