Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Cllr. Orla Leyden paid glowing tribute to Roscommon Community College staff and students as she officially opened ‘A Celtic Past’, the school’s exhibition of ceramics and prints inspired by Celtic art, which will run up until the May Bank Holiday weekend. Cllr. Leyden said she was “so impressed with the high standard of artistic work”.
“I was very impressed by the intense concentration and passion the art students showed for their work and how they worked so supportively as a team.
“There was a patient execution of this artistic work. The level of detail in the work exhibited here is very admirable”.
Cllr. Leyden paid tribute to teachers, Ms Joyce and Ms Gannon, as well as their talented students.
“Finally, I would encourage you to continue to develop your creative potential. County Roscommon and Ireland need creative thinkers and innovators”.
Art teacher, Serena Joyce, said that both she and her colleague Gilly Gannon were delighted with the exhibition and praised the school’s talented students for their hard work.
“We invested in a printing press this year and while it was a big investment for the arts department, it allowed students to complete dry point etchings. The second year students did a fantastic job with the etchings and the lino prints considering the level of detail involved.
“The ceramic pieces were incredibly difficult but the first year students did a terrific job with them.
“I’d like to thank our sponsors for making it all possible. Image Furnishings sponsored the framing, Cormican’s sponsored student prizes, Abbey Hotel sponsored printing, Fresh Today provided food and Timothy’s Londis provided drinks. Thanks also to Cathaoirleach Orla Leyden for her kind words and everyone at Roscommon County Council for accommodating this exhibition,” she said.