Picture shows overall winner Victoria Thornton of Our Lady’s College, Drogheda, Co.Louth with (left to right) Paschal Naylor, Managing Director of EDS Memorex Telex Ireland, who sponsored the prizes, Alice Leahy, Director and Co-Founder of TRUST; Leading Irish Artist Bernadette Madden who chaired the Board of Adjudicators; Pat Kenny and Prof. David McConnell.

Co. Louth Student wins TRUST NATIONAL ART COMPETITION in Association with The Irish Times, On the Theme of the Outsider.

Four Special Merit Award Winners from Kildare, Donegal, Kilkenny and Kerry

Special Exhibition Open to the Public All Day Friday May 16th at Coach House, Dublin Castle.

Victoria Thornton, a student at Our Lady’s College, Greenhills, Drogheda, Co Louth won the overall prize, a Lap Top Computer, in the TRUST National Art Competition at a special function in Dublin Castle today (Thursday, May 15th, 2003). The competition which proved a tremendous success and attracted competition from all parts of the country was open to all second level students.

RTE’s PAT KENNY announced the winners and PROFESSOR DAVID McCONNELL, the Chairman of the Irish Times Trust presented the prizes which also included four Special Merit Awards, in addition to the overall prize, which went to the winners of each of four categories into which the competition was divided. Students from Kildare, Donegal, Kilkenny and Kerry won the individual category awards (full details below) each of whom received a Digital Camera.

All of the prizes were sponsored by EDS Memorex Telex Ireland.

“This competition was aimed at allowing students to express their perspective on the Outsider in Ireland today. Everyday we work with people who feel like Outsiders and their sense of exclusion led to many of them becoming homeless. This initiative is part of our commitment to creating more understanding of the importance of building a society where everyone is made to feel welcome,” ALICE LEAHY, Director and Co-Founder of TRUST speaking at the Presentation Ceremony.

Leading Irish Artist Bernadette Madden, who acted as Chairperson of the Board of Adjudicators, welcomed the fact that the public would get a chance to see a good selection of entries at a special exhibition in Dublin Castle tomorrow Friday (May 16th, 2003). 10am – 4pm

“All participants have clearly invested considerable creative energy and enthusiasm and we hope their sense of the Outsider and what it means to be excluded has been enhanced by this experience,” Bernadette Madden said.

The four category winners were as follows:

  • Category – 1st – 3rd Year: Aine Monaghan, Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town, Co. Donegal
  • Category – Transition Year: Tara Horan, Kilkenny College, Castlecomer Road, Kilkenny
  • Category – Youthreach: Jade Kinsella, Youthreach, Leixlip, Co. Kildare
  • Category – 5th & 6th Year: Norma Keane, Causeway Comprehensive School, Causeway, Co. Kerry.