Donegal County Council will once again partner Finn Harps Football Club to assist in the promotion of Road Safety in Donegal. The Donegal Road Safety Working Group have been given space by Finn Harps to highlight road safety in Finn Park for the coming season to continue its ongoing commitment to raising the awareness of the dangers on our roads. Finn Harps return to the Premier Division this season and the winner of the Art Competition will be announced at Finn Harps first home game of the new season against the current Premier League Champions and FAI Cup Winners Dundalk, at Finn Park on Friday 22nd February 2019.
The Road Safety advertising hoarding will be designed by a student from one of the county’s Primary Schools through an open art competition. The competition was officially launched at Scoil an Linbh Iosa, Carrigans by the Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Seamus O Domhnaill, Chief Executive, Seamus Neely, John Campbell Finn Harps and pupils from Scoil an Linbh Iosa, Carrigans. Also in attendance was the Head of the Finn Harps Academy Kevin McHugh.
Cllr. Seamus O Domhnaill, said “We are delighted with the continued efforts of Finn Harps Football Club to help us promote greater awareness of the dangers on our roads. The competition will help raise awareness, change behaviour and influence their parents about road safety and it will be an excellent reward for the winner to have their work displayed in Finn Park for the forthcoming season for all to see.
Speaking at the launch, Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer said, “We are delighted with the continued efforts of Finn Harps Football Club to help us promote greater awareness of the dangers on our roads. The art competition is aimed at encouraging children to express their thoughts on responsible road safety behaviour. We hope that getting children involved at an early stage will assist in establishing responsible road behaviour at a young age. Communicating road safety messages as seen or expressed by children through posters or other means can influence the behaviour of parents and family members”.
Entries must be original and the applicant’s own work and should be on paper no larger than A3 size. Details are currently being sent to all primary schools in the county and the competition has a closing date of the 31st January 2019.
Finn Harps Football in the Community Officer, John Campbell, stated, “We are delighted to be associated with this Road Safety awareness campaign. As the Senior Soccer club in Donegal we feel that there is a responsibility on us, as there is with others, to promote the road safety message. Finn Harps are delighted to be involved with the Donegal Road Safety Working Group and the number of entries submitted since the competition was first launched has steadily increased”.
Information on the competition can be obtained from Brian O’Donnell, Donegal County Council on 074 9172360 or John Campbell, Finn Harps on 087 3872973. The closing date for the competition is 31st January 2019 and entries should be sent through the school to: The Road Safety Art Competition, Road Design Office, Donegal County Council, Lifford, Co. Donegal.
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