Teenager's joy over Google doodle
The prize-winning art of a Co Clare teenager will be seen by millions of internet users this week when it appears on the Google Ireland homepage.
Patrick Horan, from Clonlara, was announced the winner of the fourth annual Doodle 4 Google competition.
The sixth year student from St Munchin's College in Limerick beat 74 other finalists to the coveted prize, which also includes a laptop for himself and his teacher, and a 10,000 euro grant for his school's technology department.
The theme for this year's competition was based on wishes.
"Many of us look towards the stars to make a wish," said Patrick, explaining the inspiration for his Google doodle. "I wish I could turn back time to see our world in past times. My doodle shows the mechanisms inside a clock slowly turning back the hands of time making my wish come true."
Logos that appear on the Google homepage are usually created by professional graphic designers and artists - one of whom, Sophia Foster Dimino, travelled from California to Google's European headquarters in Dublin to present Patrick with his award.
"This is my first visit to Ireland and with over 2,300 entrants it is obvious that Ireland's reputation as a cultural and artistic leader in Europe is well deserved," said Ms Foster-Dimino.
"I really struggled to pick the overall winner. I can't wait to see Patrick's doodle on the Google Ireland homepage."
She choose Patrick's doodle from a shortlist following a public poll in which 125,000 votes were cast. Four other youngsters were selected as winners of their respective age groups, including Darragh Brady from Dublin, Abby Ware from Co Kilkenny, Ryan Taylor from Co Donegal and Carolyn O Sullivan from Co Cork.
Patrick's doodle will appear on the Google Ireland homepage on Friday.