Brideswell NS and Dangan NS in national art competition final on Wednesday

Brideswell National School was Junior County Winner (Roscommon) with its ‘Disability Detectives’ entry under teacher Orla Fogarty.

Brideswell National School and Dangan National School are celebrating being named Junior and Senior County Winners respectively of the prestigious national art competition, Someone Like Me, which will see them join 46 other schools to compete for the national title at the national awards ceremony to be held at Dublin City Hall next Wednesday, January 17th.

Now in its eighth year, the Someone Like Me art competition, which is organised by the National Disability Authority, attracted more than 2,200 entries from national schools across the length and breadth of the country.

The competition was created as part of the National Disability Authority’s work to nurture more positive attitudes towards persons with disabilities and, to date, it has seen more than 17,500 children take part in lesson plans and pupil activities designed to challenge our young people to appreciate and respect similarities and differences in people.

Congratulating Brideswell National School and Dangan National School on being named County Winners, Minister of State with responsibility for disability, Anne Rabbitte TD said that the number of entries this year is a tribute to the commitment not just of the National Disability Authority, but also to Ireland’s primary school teachers, who continue to play an important part in helping to create an ever-more inclusive Ireland.

Brideswell National School and Dangan National School will now go on to compete with 46 other schools from around the country for the overall national Someone Like Me award which will be announced at the national awards ceremony to held at Dublin City Hall on Wednesday, January 17th.

The competition, which offers a range of prizes up to the value of €1,250, was open to all primary school pupils from junior infants to sixth class and more than 2,200 entries were received from individual pupils, class groups and whole schools right across Ireland.