Oisín O’Byrne from Ashbourne Community School has been named as the winner of the age 16-18 category of Google’s sixth annual Doodle 4 Google competition.
Oisín was up against the competition’s 74 other finalists and won the most public votes of any entry in his age category.
Sixth year student Oisín was presented with his award at a special prize-giving ceremony in Google’s EMEA headquarters in Dublin by professional Google doodler, Katy Wu. Katy, who travelled especially from Google’s offices in Mountain View, California, also announced the overall winner as Kelly McCabe, an eight year-old student from Dublin.
The theme of this year’s event was 'My Adventure’. Oisín’s winning doodle, entitled 'Space Chase’, was inspired by his love of space and his dreams of travelling to the moon to give the iconic Google logo a creative twist.
Speaking at the ceremony, professional Google doodler Katy Wu said: “This is my first year to judge the Doodle 4 Google competition and I was blown away by the talent and creativity shown by the entries; it was a tough job trying to choose an overall winner.”
A panel of judges including Ciara O’Shea, marketing manager of Dublin Children’s Museum, Imaginosity; Irish artist Christine Crotty of The Swan Academy of Art, Design and Digital, famed for her Illustrated Pictorial Maps of Irish Walled Towns, and Jim Fitzpatrick, legendary Irish artist and creator of the iconic red and black 1968 Che Guevara poster, chose the 75 finalists for the public vote.
Over 120,000 votes were registered with the highest number of votes in each class group making it through to the overall finals.
Other local students among the 75 finalists who also received awards were Ailbhe Flynn and Catriona Shanley from Ratoath College.