For the first time in the 13 year history of the annual Recycled Christmas Decoration Competition there was not one, but two winners; Tadgh and Tori Timmons siblings from Queen of Angels National School in Dundrum.
40 young hopefuls attended County Hall, Dún Laoghaire for an awards ceremony which is the culmination of the annual Countywide competition which saw every primary school in the County selecting a recycled Christmas decoration champion. Each school champion is then invited to County Hall to participate in the Celebration Ceremony where they each receive a certificate and prize from the Cathaoirleach before the 'County Champion' is announced.
After presenting the trophy An Cathaoirleach, Councillor Barry Saul commented: “Every year the Council’s Christmas tree is decorated with the most fabulous decorations all made by local children using high levels of artistic flair and imagination”.
Dean Eaton, Assistant Environmental Awareness Officer said “All the children who entered this competition know that the best decoration on their Christmas tree is the one they made themselves. By up-cycling everyday household items these children have shown that it’s possible to make your own decorations for little or no cost using everyday items that no longer have a use in our homes.”
Singers from Dún Laoghaire Evangelical Church were on hand to lead the children in singing a couple of carols before delivering a Christmas message. Dale Treadwell read from his book “Robby the Christmas Robin”, a signed copy of which was presented to all the assembled guests, much to everyone’s delight.