Win for creative student Philippa

February 21st, 2019 5:10 PM

By Southern Star Team

RTÉ News anchor Sharon Ní Bheoláin presenting Kinsale student Philippa with her certificate of merit, with Dr Rachel Moss of Trinity College Dublin, one of the judges.

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A KINSALE student has been honoured for her art in a competition that attracted entries from all over the country, the UK, Europe and even Australia. 

Philippa McIntosh won a merit in the primary art section, in 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.

Congratulating the winners on their great achievement, RTÉ news anchor Sharon Ní Bheoláin, ambassador for the competition said: ‘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.’

Trinity’s Professor Darryl Jones, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, who judged the writing section of the competition said: ‘This was a truly wonderful competition to be a part of, to see how the extraordinary Book of Kells still manages to hold such inspiration for all ages even today. 

‘The talent shown by all our entrants was incredible and made the task of judging the entrants even more difficult. 

The competition is now open for 2019 and the theme is going to be ‘Irish Culture and The Book of Kells’. 

The closing date is November 30th and further information will be available in the coming weeks on the website


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