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Young Artists Putting Road Safety First

“The council isn’t just about fixing roads, there’s a wide range of services within the council who are determined to raise Road Safety Awareness. Through the efforts of the Libraries, our Arts Office, the Environment section, our Sports Partnership and our Road Safety Officer, Westmeath County Council are committed to working together to  keep Road Safety on everyone’s mind.”

With these words, Cllr. Frank McDermott opened the prize giving ceremony for the 2016 Westmeath Road Safety Poster competition on 9th December in the Atrium of Westmeath County Council. Schools from around the county were invited to submit entries on any Road safety theme including: Belt up, Be Safe Be Seen, Cycle Safety, Distracted-Watch out- there’s cars about and Sharing the Road with three  age categories 4-7, 8-10, 11-13.

 Paula O’Dornan, A/County Librarian complimented the children saying “It is amazing to see the thought that goes into a road safety poster- from the youngest ages upwards, you can see that  children are taking road safety seriously”. Colm Smith, Westmeath Road Safety Officer paid tribute to the schools and parents: “We had a huge amount of entries and I would like to thank  all those who spent time with the children discussing all sorts of Road Safety issues which led to this fabulous array of work on display tonight”.

The Atrium was packed out and parents, grandparents and siblings watched as the talented young artist received their prizes and their original winning entries from the Cathaoirleach. Congratulations to the following winners:

Ages  4-7: Arwen Briody, Billy Ginnell, Cathal Donohue, Clodagh Hennessy, Evelyn Darroch, Lucy Ginnell, Megan Kelly, Sean Kiernan, Zoe Cadden, Caoimhe Clery, Daniel Reilly, Eoin Donohue, Jane Maxwell, Lily Burke, Murray Smyth and Nikka Sule.

Ages 8-10: Aine Heduvan, Charlie Flynn, Maja Petraityte, Martha Rodgers, Stephen Clancy, Muireann Donohue, Orlaith Dolan, Patryca Gos, Rian Keaveney, Ava Smullen, Emer Fogarty, Emma Lyne, Glen Nea, Hayley Anderson, Leon Doyle, Shauna Maguire, Kathryn Murray, Tadhg Kelly.

Ages 11-13: Anna Speller, Danny Kelly, Dorota Boxwell, Eleanor Fox, Isabel Weller, Jamie Campbell, Favour Okapor, Laura Delaney, Luke Heduvan, Aobha Corroon, Brian O'Hara, Maria Clancy.

Young Artists Picture I

Young Artists Picture II

Young Artists Picture 3

Cllr. Frank McDermott with Colm Smith, Road Safety Officer,  Miriam Mulrennan, Arts Officer  and Daniel, Eoin, Jane, Lily, Murray and Nikka

Young Artists Picture 4

Cllr. Frank McDermott, Colm Smith, Road Safety Officer, Paula O'Dornan A/County Librarian with Aine, Charlie, Martha, Stephen and Orlaith

Young Artists Picture 5

Cllr. Frank McDermot, Colm Smith, Road Safety Officer, Paula O'Dornan A/County Librarian with Patryca, Rian, Ava, Emer and Emma

Young Artists Picture 6

Cllr. Frank McDermott, Colm Smith, Road Safety Officer, Miriam Mulrennan, Arts Officer with Glen, Hayley, Kathryn, Leon, Shauna and Tadgh

Young Artists Picture 7

Cllr. Frank McDermott, Colm Smith, Road Safety Officer with Anna, Dorota and Eleanor

Young Artists Picture 8

Paula O Dornan, Danny and Vicky

Young Artists Picture 9

Cllr. Frank McDermott, Colm Smith, Road Safety Officer, Paula O'Dornan A/County Librarian and Isabel, Jamie, Laura, Luke and Aobha

Young Artists Picture 10

Cllr Frank McDermott , Colm Smith, Road Safety Officer,  Paula O'Dornan A/County Librarian with Favour , Brian,  Katie and Maria 

The winning entries can be viewed on Westmeath library facebook page.

For further guidance on Road Safety during winter, why not visit RSA.

Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 09/12/2016