THE extraordinary talent of an 11-year-old Bagenalstown girl has earned her one of Ireland’s top prizes for budding young artists. Hannah Fanning, a pupil at Newtown Dunleckney NS, Bagenalstown, was named the winner of the nine to 11 years category at this year’s Texaco Children’s Art Competition.
Daughter of Marie and Billy Fanning, Hannah also has an older brother and sister, Bill and Sarah, all of whom are incredible proud of her achievements.
“She just couldn’t believe it when her name was announced at the Hugh Lane Gallery. The whole school community is just so proud of Hannah,” said school principal Muiris Bric. “Obviously, Hannah is an extremely talented artist, but really she’s a girl of many talents: she plays camogie, football, she does horse riding and all kinds of sports. She’s a great all-rounder.”
“To come first in Ireland in such a competition is just incredible,” said Mr Bric.
In a pensive mood took Hannah two months to complete and depicts a girl in reflective mood.
Describing her picture, Hannah says: “You don’t know what she’s doing … is she sad, is she in pain, is she thinking … or has she just got a sore eye?”
Hannah is taught art in school by teacher Elaine O’Hara and also does art lessons with local artist Iwona Nartowska O’Reilly.
Hannah won a €250 art and hobby gift voucher as part of her prize.
Also among the prize-winners from Carlow are Edwina Nolan (13) from Presentation de la Salle, Bagenalstown, ten-year-old Mia Wildenboer from Carlow National School, and Clare Healy (8) from Gaelscoil Eoghain Uí Thuairisc, who will receive special merit awards.
Prizes will be presented at an awards ceremony in Dublin next month, when all of the 126 top prize-winners will be in attendance.