Rhianna’s artistic work makes St. Joseph’s proud

Primary Four pupils at St. Joseph's in Dunloy with their unique back packs awarded after the success of Rhianna Doherty's road safety poster. Included is teacher Mrs Rosemary Devlin and Fionntan O'Dowd, Ulster GAA co-ordinator.INBM13-14 140LMM
Primary Four pupils at St. Joseph's in Dunloy with their unique back packs awarded after the success of Rhianna Doherty's road safety poster. Included is teacher Mrs Rosemary Devlin and Fionntan O'Dowd, Ulster GAA co-ordinator.INBM13-14 140LMM

When it comes to art and design St. Joseph’s Primary School in Dunloy boasts a proud record.

Recently, there have been winners in a Credit Union competition, not only at school level but also regionally.

Seven-year-old Rhianna Doherty from St. Joseph's P.S. in Dunloy along with Fionntan O'Dowd from the Ulster GAA. Rhianna entered a poster competition 'Live to Play' which promoted road safety and won back packs for her classmates after her work was judged a winner.INBM13-14 141LMM

Seven-year-old Rhianna Doherty from St. Joseph's P.S. in Dunloy along with Fionntan O'Dowd from the Ulster GAA. Rhianna entered a poster competition 'Live to Play' which promoted road safety and won back packs for her classmates after her work was judged a winner.INBM13-14 141LMM

The latest award was one of the best the school has achieved for some time when one of its pupils, seven-year-old Rhianna Doherty, designed a poster with a road safety theme and promptly had it judged a winner.

Rhianna submitted her work along with posters from her P4 classmates to the Ulster GAA who were promoting the ‘Live to Play’ initiative which has a strong road safety message.

All schools throughout the nine counties of Ulster were eligible to enter with two winners from each. St. Joseph’s was one of the two, the other being St. Comgall’s, Antrim, and last Wednesday Fionntan O’Dowd from the Ulster GAA came along to the school to present Rhianna with her prize – a specially designed back pack.

Her P4 classmates also received the same prize.

Pupils and staff from St.Joseph's Primary School, Dunloy, were proud to display the 'Live to Play' banner which helped promote a GAA initiative on road safety. The school's P4 class won an award after pupil Rhianna Doherty's poster was judged a winner. Also included is Fionntan O'Dowd from Ulster GAA who helped co-ordinate the competition.INBM13-14 142LMM

Pupils and staff from St.Joseph's Primary School, Dunloy, were proud to display the 'Live to Play' banner which helped promote a GAA initiative on road safety. The school's P4 class won an award after pupil Rhianna Doherty's poster was judged a winner. Also included is Fionntan O'Dowd from Ulster GAA who helped co-ordinate the competition.INBM13-14 142LMM

Commenting on the standard of the poster, Fionntan told the Times: “We received thousands of entries and Rhianna’s was a stand-out picture. She thoroughly deserved her success.”

Rhianna’s teacher, Mrs. Rosemary Devlin, said the award was “absolutely great”.

She said: “We really have an artistic P4 class at present who have been involved in many competitions. We have had winners and runners-up at school and regional level and this latest award is great.”

Rhianna said it took her two days and a night to design the poster. While admitting she was very surprised to win, she said her daddy thought it was excellent.

The ‘Live to Play’ initiative forms part of a major drive by the Ulster Council to promote road safety in all aspects of life and Fionntan emphasised the message when addressing the pupils.

More details of ‘Live to Play’ can be found on the Ulster GAA website.