PHOTOGRAPHS taken by West Limerick school pupils are to be used in a new local tourism drive aimed at attracting visitors to the area in the coming year.
The winners have been announced in a school photography competition which encouraged students to capture images of what they admire most about the local area.
Catherine Aherne, a student at Colaiste Mhuire, Askeaton was the overall winner in the West Limerick Tourism schools photography competition, which was sponsored by SuperValu.
Catherine, who won for her pictures of Askeatonâ€™s famous Franciscan Friary, picked up an iPad for herself and â‚¬500 in prize money for her school.
David Fitzgerald, chairman of West Limerick Tourism, said that the competition wanted to tap into local creativity and talent.
â€œThis is the second year we have run this competition and once again we have been impressed not just by the quality of photography, but also the way in which the winners have captured some of West Limerickâ€™s so-far hidden secrets.
â€œI would like to congratulate Catherine and the five category winners on their superb photographs. Their images focus on our beautiful landscape and heritage, sport and other attractions and will be used by West Limerick Tourism as part of a promotional campaign to raise awareness of the region and all it has to offerâ€.
Among the other category winners, who each won an iPod Nano, were Keith Coughlan of Hazelwood College, Dromcollogher; Cian Oâ€™Connell from Colaiste Mhuire, Askeaton; Ciara Reidy of Crescent College Comprehensive in Dooradoyle; Sean McElligott of Desmond College, Newcastle West and Jude Aeddrian Atienza of Salesian College, Pallaskenry.
West Limerick Tourism was established in 2010 as a representative body and lobby group for businesses working in the local tourism sector and is supported by West Limerick Resources and the Governmentâ€™s rural development programme.