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The Book of Kells Creative Competition winners have been announced

February 1, 2019

For the second year in a row Trinity College Dublin has been inundated with hundreds of incredible pieces of creative writing and art for the annual,  nationwide, Book of Kells Creative Competition. The judges were astounded with the phenomenal talent that was shown by over 1,600 entries from budding artists and writers of all ages, with the most senior winner aged 82 years of age. Entries were received from across Ireland and also from the US, UK, throughout Europe and even as far as Australia!

Interestingly this year, two of the entrants, Noah Farrell from Clare and Niamh Ni Iceadha from Dublin, both of whom were winners in last year’s competition, also won merits for their entries in this year’s competition, with Niamh winning a merit in both adult writing and art. The six overall winners were announced at a special awards ceremony in Trinity’s prestigious Dining Hall, surrounded by family, friends and teachers.

The first prizes in art went to:

  • Anna Dunlea, Fossa National School, Kerry in the primary school section.
  • Adam O’Sullivan, Coláiste Íde agus Iosef, Limerick, in the secondary school section.
  • Jolanta Kavalec, from Dublin in the adult section.

The first prizes in writing went to

  • Juno O’Flanagan, Sarah Webbs Story Crew, Dublin in the primary school section;
  • Poppy Crossland, Rugby High School, UK, in the secondary school section;
  • Estelle Price from Cheshire, UK, in the adult section;

St. Joseph’s Boys National School teacher Anthony O’Flynn in Terenure Dublin whose students Conor Savage and Cathal Sean Kelly were 2nd and won a merit respectively in the competition, described the creative journey he and his students had in participating in the competition:

“The Book of Kells Creative Competition is the most worthwhile educational venture we have ever undertaken. With superb structure and organisation, it incentivizes all children and provides a positive goal for reading and creative writing. A competition not to be missed!”

Not surprisingly, the talent of all entries made it very difficult for the judges in choosing the overall winners.

Congratulating the winners on their great achievement, RTE news anchor and presenter Sharon Ni Bheolain, ambassador of the competition said:

“It was a pure delight to be an ambassador for this year’s Book of Kells Creative Competition, I was bowled over by the standard of entries. People from every walk of life put their heart and soul into interpreting and visualising our most celebrated of manuscripts. Animals, birds and gospel scenes have all been gloriously re-imagined by our finalists and the colours and artistry leap off the page. The Book of Kells is a national treasure and it is so gratifying that Irish people retain such pride in its enduring charm.”  

The 2019 Book of Kells Creative competition is now open and the theme is ‘Irish Culture and The Book of Kells’. The closing date is November 30th 2019.