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Every year, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council invites all local primary schools to run a recycled Christmas decoration competition. Each school selects just one decoration, from hundreds of entries, to represent their school. Isabelle was one of 42 School Champions in attendance at County Hall hoping to be crowned the Overall County Champion. 

Isabelle Lynch, from St. Gerard’s Junior School, was crowned the Recycled Christmas Decoration Champion at the 17th Annual Awards Ceremony. Isabelle’s decoration ‘Rudolph’ was made from wood, pine cones, twigs, a bell, a rope and wowed the judges.  Rudolph was not only a wonderful decoration but a great example of how to upcycle materials that you find.

Presenting the trophy, An Cathaoirleach Cllr. Shay Brennan commented these art pieces remind everyone to look for opportunities to reduce, re-use and recycle. I am delighted to be here to present the prizes to the winners of the Christmas Decoration Competition. We were inspired and impressed with the standard of entries received this year”.

Niamh Moran, Assistant Environmental Awareness Officer said “This is my first year running the Recycled Christmas Decoration Competition and it was wonderful to be involved. The decorations submitted were so creative and imaginative and definitely brought the Christmas Spirit to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.”  

The Ballinteer Male Voice Choir were present to sing some festive Christmas Carols and Dale Treadwell read us a Christmas Story from his book Robbie the Christmas Robin.