Young GAA fan's ‘Gherkin' makeover wins London trip for class

Aer Lingus, the Irish News and Q Radio asked schools across Northern Ireland to enter their Art for Schools' Competition

A PAINTING of London's landmark `Gherkin' building with Aer Lingus livery has helped a young Gaelic football fan win a trip for her class.

Aer Lingus, in partnership with the Irish News and Q Radio, asked pupils across Northern Ireland to enter their ninth Art for Schools' Competition, where they gave away their biggest prize to date.

The challenge, open to all children in primaries four, five and six, was to take a London landmark and give it an Aer Lingus makeover.

The winners were the P6 class from St Malachy's PS in Coleraine whose teacher is Niall Sludden, a Tyrone footballer and Irish News Ulster GAA All-Star 2016.

The design was submitted by Emily Henry, who missed the winners' photographs because she is in London with her dad supporting Slaughtneil.

The Ulster champions are due to play their All-Ireland Club Quarter-Final against St. Kiernan's at Greenford on Sunday.

Competition judges included Andrea Hunter from Aer Lingus and John Brolly Marketing Manager of The Irish News.

Emily's class will be flown by Aer Lingus from Belfast City Airport to London Heathrow for a day-long visit to the city. There they will take a trip on the London Eye, visit the Sea Life Aquarium and round off the day by meeting their favourite DreamWorks characters at Shrek's Adventure London.




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