NATIONAL ART WINNER: Killarney Community College student Patrick Dineen achieved first place in the senior art category of the Mental Health Ireland Art & Photography Competition 2019. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

A powerful image focusing on mental health has helped one local student to win first place in a national competition.
Patrick Dineen, a Fifth Year student in Killarney Community College, won the main prize in the senior art category of the Mental Health Ireland Art and Photography Competition 2019. His piece, under the theme ‘five ways to well-being’, will now be one of 12 chosen to feature in the Mental Health Ireland 2020 calendar.
The 40 final pieces, chosen out of over 2000 entries, were on display in St Patrick’s Cathedral for the week leading up to the prize giving evening last Thursday, where Patrick received a prize of a €500 One4All voucher.
“I wanted to keep it simple but effective,” Patrick told the Killarney Advertiser.
Art teacher Michelle Mahony added that Patrick’s image is very moving.
“It is powerful. The image speaks for itself,” she said.
“A huge congratulations to Patrick for representing our school at such a prestigious event,” she added.

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