This year we at Armagh Planetarium held our Christmas Card competition for the second year running and were overwhelmed with the number of outstanding designs mixing the themes of Christmas with space and astronomy. In total we had 1450 entries from 52 different schools.  Our judges decided to divide the entries into different age groups and we had 7 winning creations awarded to those designs which showed great imagination and unique ideas. I hope you enjoy this artwork as much as we have.


Wall to wall with space. (Image credit: Julie Thompson / Armagh Planetarium)


Rowan Lowery



Ferdia O'Raifeartaigh


Our Key Stage 1 winners- Rowan Lowry and Ferdia O’Raifeartaigh


Emily Woods


Jay Caldwell


Our Key Stage 2 winners- Emily Woods and Jay Caldwell

Sean Wilson


Inver College


Our Key stage 3 & 4 winners- Sean Wilson and Inver College


Kilronan School


Most creative entry- Class 5 of Kilronan School


These seven entrants and their class have won a free trip to the Planetarium.  All entries are on display in our Exhibition Area.  A number have been included in a special Christmas trailer running before all shows in our Digital Theatre throughout December so why not check out the works by the country’s budding new artists this Christmas break at Armagh Planetarium?


The seven winning schools are:

Ballinamallard Primary School, Ballinamallard,

St. Nicholas’ Primary School, Carrickfergus,

St. Peter’s High School, Derry,

Gaelscoil na gCrann, Omagh,

Inver College, Co.Monaghan

Kilronan School, Magherafelt

St. Kevin’s Primary School, Belfast.

(Article by Martina Redpath, Education Support Officer)



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