25/06/19

Minister Madigan announces National Winner of the Heritage Emoji Design Competition

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, has praised school children for their work in protecting our heritage and for highlighting its value to them.

Minister Madigan was attending an award ceremony in the National Museum of Ireland today where she presented awards to a number of children from around the country for creating emojis of what heritage means to them. Laura Ryan of St Brigid’s National School in County Kilkenny was announced as the overall winner for her design of a viking emoji.

The emoji heritage competition was organised by the National Monuments Service of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht as part of the development of Heritage Ireland 2030, a new national heritage plan for Ireland. The aim of the competition has been to engage children with heritage and allow them express what they consider important about their heritage. Vikings, round towers and the shamrock have all featured in the emojis received by the Department, along with a strong focus on traditional music and national sports.

Minister Madigan said-

“We heard clearly through our recent public consultation on Heritage Ireland 2030 and at our Information Day held in Dublin castle a few weeks ago of the importance of ensuring we pass on to our youth an Ireland where heritage is valued and protected .

“These wonderfully expressive drawings of what heritage means to the children of Ireland will feed into a dedicated Education/Youth section within the new Heritage Plan

“It is really encouraging to see this level of passionate engagement by our youth on heritage and what it means to them. Their drawings illustrate just how broad our heritage is, from traditional sports, to culture, artefacts, monuments and wildlife.

“These school children are the future leaders of government and policy makers, heritage enthusiasts and professionals. As we pass on our heritage inheritance to their generation so it will be theirs to pass on and we must do all we can to ensure that that the heritage which we have inherited can flourish under their care”.

National Winner – Laura Ryan, St Brigid’s National School Coon, County Kilkenny

4th Class

Ella Murray, Taunagh National School. Riverstown, County Sligo (Category Winner)

Laura Ryan, St Brigid’s National School Coon, County Kilkenny (National Winner)

Natalie Bogusz, Timoleague National School, County Cork

Ryan Leonard, Newtown National School, Ballinasloe, County Roscommon

Veronika Bogdanova, Scoil Mhuire na nGael, Dundalk, County Louth

Sandra Shibu, Scoil Mhuire GNS, Lucan, County Dublin

5th Class

Bonnie Hegarty O’Brien, Timoleague National School, County Cork (Category Winner)

Róisín Ní Arta, Scoil Náisiúnta na Rinne, Roinn Ua gCuanach, County Waterford

Eleri O’Connor, Newtown National School, Ballinasloe, County Roscommon

Charline Siriwardane, Rathcormac National School, County Sligo

Saoirse McAree, Edenmore National School, Emmyvale, County Monaghan

Síle Tavey, Scoil Mhuire GNS, Lucan, County Dublin

6th Class

Gabrielle Doroz, Sacred Heart Primary School, Granard, County Longford (Category Winner)

Grace Tully, Kilmyshall National School, Bunclody, Co. Wexford

Charlie O’ Keeffe, Scartaglen National School, County Kerry

Isa Iqbal, St Joseph’s National School, Borris in Ossory, County Laois

Sadhbh Treanor, Edenmore National School, Emmyvale, County Monaghan

Amy Connolly, Scoil Mhuire GNS, Lucan, County Dublin

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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