Schools Art Competition

Schools Art Competition WinnersSome of Ireland’s most talented young artists travelled to the Central Bank on Tuesday, 22 May to attend a prize-giving ceremony for the winners of our Schools Art Competition.

The competition called on students to take inspiration from people or events from the past 75 years and design a coin to commemorate the Central Bank’s 75th anniversary.

The competition drew a phenomenal response with over 1200 entries received in four separate categories across primary and post-primary schools.

Both national and regional winners were presented with their prizes by Philip Lane, Governor of the Central Bank and Sharon Donnery, Deputy Governor, Central Banking.

A design by Roisin Ní Chlochartaigh & Nora Bairéád from Scoil Cholmáin, Carna, Co. Galway was named National Winner in the Primary School category.

The judges said they were struck by the delicate nature, yet powerful message of their design, which included a dove to symbolise peace in Northern Ireland.

National Winner - Primary

The National Winner in the Post-Primary School category was Sarah Murphy from Coláiste an Chraoibhín, Fermoy, Co. Cork.

The judges said Sarah’s design cleverly embodied many core themes of Irish society over the past 75 years including our natural environment, Irish literature and developments in equality in Irish society.

National Winner - Post Primary

Speaking at the event, Deputy Governor Donnery said she was delighted to get the opportunity to personally meet the competition winners and praised the artistic talents of all the entrants.

She said: “We had an excellent response from primary and secondary school students to our coin design competition, with hundreds of individual entries received from across Ireland. Throughout the judging process it was evident that students were clearly inspired by a wide range of events from across the last 75 years, with creativity and talent on display across the designs all the way from junior infants to Leaving Certificate students.”

National winners


Post Primary


Roisin Ni Chlochartaigh and Nora Bairéad

Scoil Cholmáin, Muigh-Inis, Carna, Co.Galway


Sarah Murphy

Coláiste an Chráoibhín, Fermoy, Co.Cork.

National Runners Up


Post Primary

Charlie Olwell

Scoil Naomh Barra, Wilinstown, Navan, Co. Meath

Sophie Cronin

St Joseph’s Secondary School Tulla, Co. Clare

Regional Winners



Infants to 2nd Class

3rd to 6th Class

Post Primary
1st Year – 3rd Year

Post Primary
4th Year – 6th Year



Lorcan Stephenson


St Mary’s BNS, St Mary’s Hill, Monaghan Town, Co. Monaghan

Roisin Ni Chlochartaigh and Nora Bairéad


Scoil Cholmáin, Muigh-Inis (Mweenish Island), Carna, Co. Galway

Robert Treacy


St Brigids College, Loughrea, Co. Galway

Lauren McKenna


St Louis Secondary School, Glen Road, Monaghan Town


Lilyrose Moore Whalch


Scoil Mhuire

Vasilisa Ostrikova


John Scottus National School

Lea Stewart


St Tieran’s Community School, Parkvale, Sandyford

Jordan Mcquillan


Balbriggan Community College


Leinster (excluding Dublin)

 Charlie Olwell


Scoil Naomh Barra, Wilinstown, Navan, Co. Meath

Aoife Malewka


Scoil Mhuire, Kilcruttin, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

Elizabeth Wallace


Coláiste Lú, Chapel Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Katarina Sidorova


St. Louis, Dundalk, Co. Louth



Kate Ni Cheilleachair


Scoil an Ghleanna, Co. Chiarrai

JJ Byrne


Newtown Upper NS

Sophie Cronin


St Joseph’s Secondary School, Tulla

Sarah Murphy


Coláiste an Chráoibhín, Fermoy, Co.Cork.

Special Mention:

Elizabeth Wallace
Coláiste Lú, Chapel Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth


  • Regional winners receive €100 voucher each.
  • National runners-up receive €250 voucher each.
  • National winners receive a €500 voucher. They will also have their winning design printed in 3D and displayed in the Central Bank Visitor Centre during 2018, following which the winning schools will take ownership of this display.

If you have any questions in relation to the Art Competition, please e-mail [email protected]
We wish to sincerely thank all entrants and look forward to running similar events in the near future.
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See also: Central Bank School Art Competition - Full Terms and Conditions | pdf 221 KB