Young Biosphere Artists Celebrate Success with Old Irish Goats
Published on 18th November 2022
Almost 30 children from Dublin have been presented with the 2023 Dublin Bay UNESCO Biosphere Calendar, which features some of their own artwork.
Earlier in the year young artists across the city were challenged with creating art which depicted the wonderful wildlife, rich cultural heritage and amazing activities available in Dublin Bay. From the dozens of competition entries received, 13 winners and 15 runner-ups were selected to feature in the calendar.
They met this week at Cliff Farm, Howth to receive their prizes and meet the so-called Old Irish Goats.
The winners each received a special limited edition Gold Calendar and a €50 One4All voucher, whilst the runners-up each received a special limited edition Silver calendar and a €15 One4All voucher.
Dean Eaton, Biosphere Coordinator said, “We’re delighted to be able bring these wonderful artists to Cliff Farm to meet the Old Irish Goats and learn about this brilliant conservation project and to reward them for sharing their wonderful art with us.”
“Cliff Farm was chosen so our artists could meet the Old Irish Goats and learn about this brilliant conservation project. The goats help reduce forest fires on Howth by eating gorse and other flammable material, whilst Howth offers a fantastic location for the goats to breed, thereby helping to increase the population of this endangered species.”
UNESCO Biosphere are committed to effectively managing nature reserves for the benefit of people and nature. Through the wonderful artwork produced by these amazing young people we are able to share our internationally important Biosphere Reserve with a greater audience.”
Photo 1: Left to Right: Holly Moran, aged 10, Ciara Celin, aged 11, Amelie Mitchell, aged 10, and Rebecca Connolly, aged 11. Pupils of Loreto Grange Road Primary School. Winners in the 2023 Dublin Bay UNESCO Biosphere Calendar with Melissa Jeuken, Goat Herder and Dean Eaton, Biosphere Coordinator, Dublin City Council.
Photo 2: Ciara Celin, aged 11 and Millie Ruane, aged 10. Pupils of Loreto Grange Road Primary School. Winners in the 2023 Dublin Bay UNESCO Biosphere Calendar.
****Further photographs available from Damien Eagers Photography****
Notes to the Editor
COVER ‘Puffins and Lighthouse’ by Clara Celin - Loreto Grange Road
January ‘Lambay Island’ by Zachary Tighe - St. Patrick's BNS
February ‘Kingfisher’ by Tom Gurry - Kill o' the Grange National School
March ‘Two Seals’ by Lily Mak Loreto Grange Road
April ‘Mr Heron’ by Levi Coada - Abeka Academy Homeschool
May ‘Flower’ by Elodie Burke – Holywell ETNS
June ‘Save the Bee’ by Aoife, Aisling, Sri Yashna and Tara - St. Raphaela's Primary School
July ‘Summer Fun’ by Amelia Curtin - Belmayne ETNS
August ‘Seashore’ by Melanie Riecka - Belmayne ETNS
September ‘Dublin Bay Down Under’ by Ryan Darcy - St. Patrick's BNS
October ‘Save the Beauty of Nature in Ireland’ by Leonardo Vezzosi - St. Patrick's BNS
November ‘Big and Little Dolphin’ by Isabelle King - Loreto Grange Road
December ‘Puffin Looking at Lighthouse’ by Sophia Marquis - Loreto Grange Road
Runners-up - Montage Page
Méabh Dockery (Aged 6) - 1st Fairview Scouts
Isabela Martinez - Murphy - Belmayne ETNS
Maya Russouw - Edmonstown National School
Borys Bednarzcyk - St. Patrick's BNS
Alex Januszewski - St. Patrick's BNS
Oliver Diskin St. Patrick's BNS
Tuiren Dockery (aged 4) - 1st Fairview Scouts
Millie Ruane - Loreto Grange Road
Rebecca Connolly - Loreto Grange Road
Holly Feeney - Loreto Grange Road
Holly Moran - Loreto Grange Road
Elisa Kennedy Rodreiguez - Loreto Grange Road
Amelie Mitchell - Loreto Grange Road
Myra, Shauna and Lidia - St. Raphaela's Primary School
Ellen Pedreschi - 1st Dublin Fairview Scouts