Abbey artist scoops top prize in national art competition

April 20, 2010

Delighted student artist, Shane Finnegan, a 17-year-old pupil at the Abbey Grammar School, Newry recently won first prize and a cheque for EUR2,000 in this year’s Texaco Children’s Art Competition.

Shane’s painting, entitled ‘Mackerel’ – a still life study of two fish, was entered in the 16-17 years category.

This year, the Competition attracted just under 30,000 entries with students from all of the 32 counties taking part. Chairman of the judging panel was Professor Declan McGonagle, Director of the National College of Art & Design.

Now in its 56th year, the Texaco Children’s Art Competition began life in 1955 and is the longest running sponsorship in the history of arts sponsoring in Ireland.

Past winners include artists Bernadette Madden and Robert Ballagh, fashion designer Paul Costello, broadcasters Thelma Mansfield and Terry Prone and actress Jean Anne Crowley.

Shane is pictured with his mother Daire, father John and brother Aaron at a reception held to announce the winners, which took place in Dublin Castle recently.

The presentation of prizes takes place in Dublin next month.


Two other Abbey Grammar School students, Niall Murchan (18) and Jonathan Taylor (17), each won special merit awards in the same age category and EUR100 each for their works entitled ‘Big Hairy Spider’ and ‘My Bicycle’ respectively.

A fourth Newry student, Beth McEvoy (11) from Sacred Heart Grammar School also won a special merit award in her age category for a work entitled ‘The Mascarade Lady’.