Rueben Hackett's work.

Ten-year-old Offaly student's award-winning art

10-year old Offaly student artist, Rueben Hackett, from St Ciaran's & St. Manchan's NS, Ballycumber, has won a top prize in this year’s 70th Texaco Children’s Art Competition.

Rueben won a Special Merit Award for his artwork entitled ‘The Reef’, which Final Adjudicator, Gary Granville, Professor Emeritus of Education at the National College of Art and Design, said ‘demonstrated high levels of skill and imagination’.

The Texaco Children’s Art Competition is popularly regarded as the longest-running sponsorship in the history of arts sponsoring in Ireland, with an unbroken history that dates back to the very first competition held in 1955. This year, as has been the case throughout its life, it has been a platform on which young artists from Offaly and counties throughout Ireland have had their talents recognised and their creativity commended.