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26 Jun 2022

Two Donegal pupils shine in Imagine the Future art competition

Abaigael Lockrey and Séarlait McManus among the prize winners in schools competition

Art competition

David McCourt, Chairman, NBI, Ryan Tubridy, presenter and judge and Peter Hendrick, CEO, NBI with the prize winners

Two young primary school pupils from Donegal were among the winners in a national art competition aimed at highlighting the future of high-speed broadband.

Séarlait Mc Manus (11) from Kilkenny National School in Glenties and Abaigael Lockrey (12) from Cloughfin National School are among the competition winners in the ‘Imagine the Future’ art event.

National Broadband Ireland (NBI), the company delivering the National Broadband Plan (NBP) hosted the art competition.

NBI invited 100 primary school pupils from all over Ireland to an event at the Barretstown fun camp in Kildare for the presentation of prizes to the winners of the national final of the Imagine the Future competition.

Pupils were invited to create a piece of art to represent the world of possibilities that will be opened up by high-speed broadband.

Project entries ranged from robot surgeons to interactive classrooms where VR headsets transport you to Ancient Egypt to wander around the pyramids. A key theme across the shortlisted entries was the focus on solar powered systems to reduce the impact of fossil fuels.

NBI Chairman David McCourt presented the top prize to DJ Poff from Boheshill National School, Co. Kerry whose project imagined a world of hydro-powered cars, solar-powered shoes, and homes built on raised platforms to allow plants and animals to live freely in their natural habitat. 

Ryan Tubridy, one of the competition judges, said: “I was delighted when NBI asked me to be one of the judges for the “Imagine the Future” competition and I had no doubt Ireland’s primary school kids were going to impress.

“In fact I was even more amazed than I expected. I love to see the imagination of our young people at work and combining it with the world of possibility enabled by new technology led them to create some really special work. 

“Each entry told a unique story and I want to congratulate them all and of course pay tribute to the hard work of their teachers in primary schools all over the country.”

Séarlait Mc Manus from Kilkenny National School won first place in the 2nd - 4th class category while Abaigael Lockrey, Cloughfin National School was second in the 5th - 6th class category.

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