As most of you know we had a fair few competitions going on over the course of this years Festival. This blog is to highlight the winners in each of the competitions and give them their five seconds of fame!

First up we had the art competition which was run in all the local schools and was open to 4-18 year old. From a personal point of view I was amazed at some of the pictures we got back! There is some seriously talented kids in our schools ladies and gents! But we had to pick some winners and they are as follows:

Aged 4- 8 years 100

1st – Alyssa

2nd – Sarah McGuiness

3rd – Dylan Hardwell


Aged 9-12 years

1st – Emer McDonald

2nd – Piotr Lojiwdki

Joint 3rd – Jira Maepantilla Hernandez

Joint 3rd –   Daisy Barry


Aged 13+ years

1st – Matthew

2nd – Sevenne O’Rourke

Joint 3rd – Chloe Talbot

Joint 3rd – Cameron Malcomson


Overall Winner

Sean Skelly














Next up we had the highly anticpated Duck Race on the canal. Lots of people turned out for the race but there could only be one winner…..

First across the line was duck 52 – Mary Maloney 

Second to cross the finish line was duck 84 – Sofia 

And the last duck to cross the finish line in third place was duck 18 – Ross :)  

Crossing the finishing line!

Crossing the finishing line!


Lastly we had of course the fun dog show on Saturday’s fun day. This was a personal highlight for me as I was overwhelmed by the amount of people that brought their dogs out to show them off! The competition was judged by Eugene from the Bird Jungle who had a very difficult job on his hands choosing the winners but he did and here they are! :)

Best big Dog - Coco (Owned by Eileen Scully)

Best Little Dog - Buddy (Owned by Keelie and Sarah)

Waggiest Tail - Oscar (Owned by Carol Maguire)

Best Groomed - Hugo (Owned by Audrey)

Overall 1st prize - Lexi (Owned by Toni Mulraney)

Overall 2nd prize - Bora (Owned by Gabrielle)

Overall 3rd prize - Cosmos (Owned by Dara Connolly)

Some pics from our great photographer John! DSC_0666 DSC_0686 DSC_0717

So there you have it, all the prize winners in all their glory. Congrats to all our winners and also to all those who took part in our competitions over the Festival. We have been blown away with the amount of talent to be found in Drimnagh and I am also very excited that there are so many cute dogs too!

You never know next year you might take home a prize if you’re lucky! :)

Amanda :) x

About the author

Amanda Whitehead Amanda is a freelance journalist who writes for a variety of websites. She also presents Good Morning Dublin on Dublin City FM every Thursday morning. She has strong ties to Drimnagh having lived here since the age of 12 and with her parents originally being from here, she is dedicated to showing the positives of the area through work on the blog and things like the annual Drimnagh Festival.

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