THE pupils of Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire Ardee won an amazing five prizes in the recent Christmas Decoration Recycling Competition organised by Louth County Council.
No strangers to success in environmental competitions down through the years, the girls really excelled themselves this year when, despite the highest standard ever witnessed, from 33 schools throughout the county, their creativity, ingenuity and team work saw them deliver a hugely successful result.
Kayleigh Donegan’s Crib in a Bottle was hugely admired by the adjudicators and won third prize in the crib section while Rudolph Óg, a very impressive reindeer, saw Alicia Fay and Nadine Hoey take third place in the Rudolph category. Éla Muldoon took first place in the Sleigh category with her Santa and his sleigh creation and the girls really overwhelmed the judges with their superb Christmas scenes which took first and second place in that keenly contested category. Laura Maguire and Aisling Kane came second with their quite beautiful Christmas House and Tree Scene made from lollipop sticks, old card, cardboard, bottle tops and plastic while Aoibheann, Ellen and Hannah Carolan’s Snowman Scene made from drinks bottles, stuffing from an old teddy, wood cut-offs from Farrell’s factory and, wait for it, a Ball Cock from a cattle drinker and REAL sheep’s wool wowed the judges sufficiently to scoop first prize.
Deirdre Sweeney, principal was overwhelmed by the response from the pupils both in terms of quality and quantity for the in-house school competition. Brendan Matthews, chairman, Ardee Tidy Towns: “we are so proud of all our schools in Ardee who partner us in so many of our Tidy Towns initiatives and we adults certainly learn lessons from them on how not to be a waste society”.