The school year ended on a festive note in the Civic offices, Nenagh when Mayor Ger Darcy presented prizes to the winning children in North Tipperary County Council Christmas Decoration Competition.
Old jars, plastic bottles, old CDs, a shuttlecock, old biscuit tins and corks were just a few of the materials used to make the Christmas decorations, which are on display in the Civic Offices.
Primary pupils from around the county participated in the competitio, which aims to get children and their parents thinking about how to reuse and recycle materials.
Deirdre Cox, environmental awareness officer, North Tipperary County Council said: “They are a wonderful example to us all and I congratulate them, their teachers and their parents for their efforts. Reusing items such as these is a timely reminder of the need to protect our environment and the Christmas season is well known for the amount of waste produced.”
Cllr Ger Darcy said: “It is great to see the creativity of the young people and it gives us great hope for the adults that they will become; I congratulate them and their parents and teachers for making such a great effort in participating in this competition.”
The competition winners are:
1. Kevin Liston, St. Mary’s Junior Primary School, Nenagh, made a Christmas penguin from a dispensing bottle and yogurt carton. The judges were very impressed with the innovativeness of this decoration
2. Brodie Saunders, St. Mary’s Convent Primary School, Nenagh, for a very special angel made from a shuttlecock, bun cases, and an old sock. This was a very simple but very striking decoration
3. Laura Nagle, St. Mary’s Convent Primary School, Nenagh, made a very colourful and attractive reindeer from an old sponge cake holder, a brown bag, a bag handle, egg carton, lid of a can and fir cones
Innovative: Katie Ni Mheacair, Gaelscoil Bhride, Durlas Eile, won a special innovative prize for her impressive and working snow globe.