Alanna’s success in national Art & Photography competition!

A Roscommon student recently tasted success in a national creative competition promoting young people’s mental health amid Covid-19.

Alanna Hoare, a student at the Convent of Mercy in Roscommon, recently came fourth place (Junior Cycle) in the Mental Health Ireland national Art & Photography Competition.

The competition invited young people to explore and express their creative talents while encouraging students, teachers and parents to open up the mental health dialogue and encourage mental health championing.

The last year has been a turbulent time for many young people. They have faced new challenges and continued to grow up in a reality very different to the one they were prepared for at the start of the year.

With this in mind, the competition’s theme was ‘Reflecting on How I’ve Grown’ – in the face of the uncertainties and challenges of the year.

The competition was open to Secondary Schools, Special Education and Youthreach students. The winners were each gifted a ‘One4All’ voucher and will have their pieces featured in a virtual and public exhibition when restrictions are lifted.