Northern Ireland art students honoured at top awards
Two young artists from Northern Ireland have been honoured for their outstanding artworks after they were recognised by the judges of an all-Ireland competition.
Justin Cole (15), from Dunclug College in Ballymena, came second in Category B (14-15 years) of the 64th Texaco Children's Art Competition for his self-portrait.
No stranger to the competition, Justin - who took home €350 in prize money yesterday - won a Special Merit Award in last year's competition.
In Category C (12-13 years), the second prize of €250 was won by 13-year old student Sophie Ward, from St Paul's High School, Bessbrook, Co Armagh, for her pencil sketch entry entitled Eye Spy.
The overall winner was Hetty Lawlor, a 17-year-old student from Mayo.
The awards were announced at a reception held in Dublin's Royal Hibernian Academy yesterday.