16 year old Limerick Student’s doodle for Google

Tuesday 3rd March 2009

Limerick’s Evan O'Sullivan Glynn from St. Munchin's College has won the first-ever Irish Doodle 4 Google competition.  Evan beat off stiff competition from 103 county finalists and won the most public votes of any entry in the transition, 5th and 6th year category. 

16 year old Limerick Student’s doodle  to be seen by millions of Google users on St. Patrick’s Day 2009

Evan’s art will be seen millions of people when his winning doodle appears on Google’s homepage on St. Patrick’s Day in America, Canada, Australia, Ireland and the UK.  This is the first time that the winning doodle of a Doodle 4 Google competition has been seen outside the winner’s home country.  In addition, Evan and his teacher will receive a  €10,000 technology grant for St. Munchin’s  College and a personal laptop computer each. 

Evan’s winning doodle “My Irish roots” depicts, the three leafed shamrock and its roots.   Commenting on the inspiration for his doodle, winner Evan O’Sullivan Glynn said, “On St. Patrick's Day, Irish people around the world celebrate their connection to Ireland - The Emerald Isle.  ‘My Irish Roots’ represents this connection with how shamrocks trace back to their roots in the same way that Irish people throughout the world trace back to Ireland, their Ireland, my Ireland.”

Dennis Hwang, Google’s master doodler, said, “Ireland is renowned throughout the world for its culture in arts and literature.  It is fantastic to see the fabulous creativity which almost 2000 students who entered the competition showed and it was a very difficult decision for the judges to select the winning county finalists.  I think Evan’s doodle will look great on Google’s home page on March 17th.”

Adele Cooper, Director, EMEA Customer Marketing, Google Ireland said, “We were overwhelmed and delighted with the public interest in our first Doddle4Google competition in Ireland.  It has been a fantastic success with approximately 125,000 people voting for their favourite doodle.  The competition gave great insight into the pride all our young people have in our country.  I would like to thank everyone who entered the competition and also the public for showing their support for their county finalists.  Don’t forget to look out for Evan’s winning doodle on the Google homepage on March 17th!”

Google, which has its European headquarters in Dublin, says the company likes to reflect the ever changing world of its users through the logo designs on its homepage.

 These "doodles" celebrate different people, events or special dates and, until now, have been designed by Google’s original “Doodler” Dennis Hwang.

Laura Ryan
Communications Officer
Limerick City and County Council
Phone: 061-407100
email: laura.ryan@limerick.ie

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