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TOP PRIZES IN NATIONAL HERITAGE WEEK BUILT HERITAGE PHOTO COMPETITION ARE ANNOUNCED

POOLBEG CHIMNEYS, ASKEATON FRIARY & SEAN BALLAI OF SPIDDAL WIN TOP PRIZES IN NATIONAL HERITAGE WEEK BUILT HERITAGE PHOTO COMPETITION  

Tuesday 9th October 2012: A picture of the Poolbeg Chimney’s by Alex Kearns from Finglas has been awarded the top prize in the 2012 National Heritage Week Photography Competition, announced today by the Heritage Council coordinators of the week.

Speaking about the competition, Michael Starrett, Chief Executive of the Heritage Council said “National Heritage Week 2012 focused on celebrating our built heritage. The photo competition has been a great success with over 1300 images entered. We were delighted to receive so many stunning pictures of our built heritage”.

The photo entitled ‘Poolbeg at Dusk’ which won the Adult Category (21+) was taken by Alex Kearns from Finglas.  The picture illustrates the two chimneys at Poolbeg which are symbolic signs of Dublin and of home for many leaving and returning to Dublin on planes or boats.

Winner of the Youth Category (Youth 13-20 years) was Dearbhail O’Boyle; aged 13 from Belfast with her picture of Askeaton Friary.

Winner of the Junior Category (Junior 7-12 years) was Katie Feeney; aged 11 from Inverin, Co. Galway with her picture of Sean Ballai (Old Walls) take in Spiddal. 

A big thank you to our judging committee who has spent a lot of time going through the all of the entries we received. It is fantastic to see the enthusiasm and passion for heritage expressed through these images. 2012 was the most successful National Heritage Week to date with nearly 1600 events taking place and a significant rise in attendance figures reported nationwide.  

We are delighted to announce that the dates for National Heritage Week 2013 have been set for the 17th – 25th August 2012. To get updates on all of our plans for next year, log on to www.heritageweek.ie or follow us on Facebook and Twitter”, added Mr. Starrett. 

Prizes are divided among the three categories. The top prize in the adult category of a €500 voucher kindly provided by the Irish Landmark Trust to stay in one of their unique and beautiful properties is sure to be of interest for anyone planning a staycation or a short break! Additional prizes include a, €150 One4All gift voucher, €75 One4All gift voucher, €55 euro Family Heritage Card, €50 Easons vouchers and €30 Easons vouchers. 

Adult Category:

Winner – ‘Poolbeg at Dusk’ taken by Alex Kearns from Finglas.

Runners Up – ‘Carlow Filling Station’ by Jarleth Judge from Bunclody, Wexford. 

Gingersnap’ Dublin City Hall Staircase, by Greg Mathews from Palmerstown, Dublin

Youth Category:

Winner – ‘Askeaton Friary’ by Dearbhail O’Boyle aged 13 from Belfast

Runner Up – ‘Desmond Castle Adare’ by Cian O’Halloran aged 17 from Patrickswell, Limerick

Junior Category:

Winner – ‘Sean Ballai’ (Old Walls) by Katie Feeney, aged 11 from Inverin, Co. Galway 

Runner UpThe Lion at the Casino by Darragh Callaghan, aged 7 from Darndale, Dublin 17

Runner Up – Eight sided skylight’ in St. Andrew’s Church, Mount Merrion by Rohan Tyrrell aged 9 from Clonsilla, Dublin 15

ENDS                          

Note to Editor:

The Heritage Council is the statutory body charged with identifying, protecting, preserving and enhancing Ireland’s national heritage. National heritage includes Monuments, Archaeological objects, Heritage objects, Architectural heritage, Flora, Fauna, Wildlife habitats, Landscapes, Seascapes, Wrecks, Geology, Heritage gardens and parks, and Inland waterways.

Established under the Heritage Act 1995, and operating under the aegis of the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht, the Heritage Council provides advice to the Minister, and partners and networks with Local Authorities and a wide range of other organisations and individuals to promote Ireland’s heritage.

Further information:

Rebecca Reynolds, National Heritage Week Coordinator, 056 7770777 / 086 1719467

Michelle Tritschler, MKC Communications, 01 7038604 / 086 3846630

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