Children go green for Council’s Christmas decoration competition

Children go green for Council’s Christmas decoration competition

By Mary Dennehy

YOUNG citizens from across a number of local schools have gone green for Christmas after they entered South Dublin County Council’s Christmas Decoration Recycling Competition.

Each year, young residents are invited by the council to make their own decorations from recycled materials – with local school children’s upcycling skills impressing once again this year.

SDCC Xmas tree comp


Speaking at a special award ceremony in County Hall, Mayor Paul Gogarty said: “It is wonderful to see so many impressive and creative Christmas decorations made out of recycled materials.

“The young people of our county are inspirational in the wide variety of recyclable materials they have used in very creative and varied ways.

 “They serve to encourage everyone to look for opportunities to reuse and recycle materials in the home.”

The overall winner of the recycling competition was Caoilfhionn Ni Bhriain from Gaelscoil Naoimh Padraig.

In the under-12’s category, prizes went to Orlaith Dunne, Gaelscoil Naoimh Padraig, Carmen Luong and Emily Danci from St Ronan’s NS and Clodagh Ni Chonbhui, Gaelscoil Chnoc Liamhra.

In the over-12 category, prizes were awarded to Siofra Nic Ramenna and Caoilfhionn Ni Sherraigh, Gaelscoil Naoimh Padraig and Katherine Amusan, St Mark’s in Tallaght.

A special commendation also went to Abbie Harris, Kayla Shannon and Freya Kenny from St Ronan’s NS.

Mayor Gogarty has encouraged members of the public to follow in the footsteps of the county’s younger citizens and think about food waste prevention, recycling and upcycling this Christmas.

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