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Built Heritage Photography Competition
By Tom Campbell
20, Dec 2012 - 09:40

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The winning entries in the Mayo County Council Built Heritage Photography competition were recently announced in Castlebar. The aim of the competition was to promote and raise awareness of the county's rich built heritage. Amateur photographers were invited to explore their local area and capture this heritage in a photograph.

“Pictured at the Mayo Built Heritage Photo Competition prize giving (back row from l to r) Cllr Cyril Burke, Cathaoirleach MCC, Mary O’Donnell, Newport NS, and Deirdre Cunningham, Mayo Heritage Officer (front row l to r) Aoibheann Mangan, Cian Mangan, Conor Kerins, Paul Brennan”.Photp Tom Campbell.

The winning entries in the Junior Category (under 10) were Aoibheann Mangan, Hollymount, 1st Place; Donncha Boles, Knappagh, 2nd Place; Cian Mangan, Hollymount, 3rd Place. In the Youth Category (age 10-17), 1st Place went to Emma Rogan, Castlebar; 2nd Place to Lauren Faull, Castlebar, and 3rd Place to Conor Kerins, Newport. In the Adult Category (over 18), 1st Place went to Chris Randolph, Belcarra; 2nd Place to Dawn Blanquier, Ballina; 3rd place to Brian Wilson, Pullathomas. A number of entries were highly commended, including Robert Gibbons, Mayo Abbey, Chris Ledwith, Castlebar and Paul Brennan, Kilkelly.

“Pictured at the Mayo Built Heritage Photo Competition prize giving (back row from l to r) Paddy Gibbons, Chris Randolph, Cllr Cyril Burke, Cathaoirleach MCC, Chris Ledwith, Brian Wilson, (front row l to r) Dawn Blanquier and Deirdre Cunningham, Mayo Heritage Officer”.Photo Tom Campbell.

"The response to the competition was fantastic, with over 200 entries received from all age groups, reflecting the diversity of built heritage in the county" said Deirdre Cunningham, Heritage Officer with Mayo County Council, adding "The calibre of the entries was so high that it was very difficult for the judges to choose the winning entries in each category and we would like to sincerely thank all those who entered the competition". The winning entries have been included in the Mayo Built Heritage Calendar 2013, which is available from Mayo County Council offices and local libraries. The calendar reflects the range of built heritage in the county and contains beautiful images of some fine examples of buildings and structures found throughout the county. The winning entries can be viewed at


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