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August 2016

St Mary

Primary Five pupil Meabh McCann, from St Mary’s Primary School in Armagh is still flying high, after winning the Aer Lingus Art for Schools’ Competition run in conjunction with Ni4kids.

Primary schools across Northern Ireland were tasked with submitting a design for a new uniform for Aer Lingus’ pilots flying Green Spirit – the Aer Lingus aircraft with a dedicated livery featuring Irish Rugby stars to mark the airline’s partnership with the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU).

Winner Meabh will took her class and teachers to London for the trip of a lifetime in April, courtesy of Aer Lingus. St. Mary’s Primary Five class enjoyed a trip on the world’s tallest observation wheel, the London Eye, allowing them to enjoy spectacular views across the city. They also had the chance to visit the Sea Life London Aquarium and then were given the rest of the day to explore the world’s top fashion capital.

Meabh said: “I screamed when I found out, I was so happy. I wanted to incorporate a lot of green into my design as that is Aer Lingus’ colour and a little bit of navy as well, as pilots often wear that colour. We had a brilliant time in London and I was so happy to be able to treat my entire class."

Mrs Sarah Coleman Primary Five teacher at St. Mary’s recalled the excitement in her class when she revealed that they had won this year’s competition saying, “We were genuinely over the moon that we won the competition and delighted for Meabh, she put a lot of thought and effort into her design.

“We had a fabulous trip to London, the kids were on cloud nine for weeks after it. I would like to thank Aer Lingus and everyone else involved in the competition for making it possible.”

Principal, Mrs Joan Aldridge, said: “This was a really big deal for us being such a small rural school. We are so proud of Meabh!”

Choosing the eventual winner was not an easy job but the judges decided unanimously that Meabh’s design was outstanding.

The response to this years Schools’ Art Competition was incredible with talented primary four, five and six children from schools across Northern Ireland submitting their designs.

Andrea Hunter, Business Development Manager at Aer Lingus NI was very impressed with the winning entry. She said; “We were delighted to receive entries from schools the length and breadth of Northern Ireland and the standard this year was exceptional, as always.

“It was a difficult decision but Meabh’s design very creative and we could just imagine our pilots actually wearing her creation. The competition has given the children a chance to showcase their talents to a wider audience, and we are really proud to have helped them achieve that.

“Congratulations to Meabh and St. Mary’s Primary Five students, our lucky winners!”

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