Limerick student’s doodle is a big winner with Google

A SIXTH year pupil at a Limerick school has been praised for his imaginative doodle which will now be seen by all Google users in Ireland this Friday.

A SIXTH year pupil at a Limerick school has been praised for his imaginative doodle which will now be seen by all Google users in Ireland this Friday.

Patrick Horan, 18, a sixth year student at St. Munchin’s College in Limerick, has won the fourth annual Doodle 4 Google competition.

He was also a finalist last year with a design based on the work of his favourite poet, Patrick Kavanagh. This is the second time a student from St. Munchin’s has won the competition, as Evan O’Sullivan Glynn won the first such competition two years ago, also under the guidance of art teacher Marie Barry.

Patrick was presented with his award at a ceremony in their European headquarters in Dublin this week, which will see his school awarded a €10,000 technology grant due to his creative entry into the competition, while both Patrick and his teacher will receive a personal laptop.

The theme of this year’s competition was ‘I wish…’ and over 125,000 votes were registered by the public in a number of categories.

Commenting on the inspiration for his doodle Patrick said: “Many of us look towards the stars to make a wish. I wish I could turn back time to see our world in past times. My doodle shows the mechanisms inside a clock slowly turning back the hands of time making my wish come true.”

His doodle will be seen by millions of users when it appears on the Google Ireland homepage this Friday, March 16. His school will be awarded a €10,000 technology grant due to his creative entry into the competition, while both Patrick and his teacher will receive a personal laptop.

There were over 2,300 entrants to the competition.

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