County Donegal Schoolboy Wins €10,000 Eco-garden

An artistic schoolboy from County Donegal has won his classmates a €10,000 eco-garden, after wowing judges with his winning design of a ‘little litterbug.’

Paddy Gallagher, aged 10, from S.N. Naomh Brid in Letterkenny won the Viking for Schools ‘Little Litterbug’ drawing competition – beating off stiff competition from 500 entries from across schools in Ireland. The competition asked for pupils to draw a little litterbug – a creature or machine that is able to recycle classroom rubbish.

Judges from schools supplier Viking and competition partner, European Recycling Platform (ERP), praised Paddy’s “Litterbug 5000” because of its environmentally friendly way of reusing classroom materials. Paddy’s design showcased creativity and incorporated eco-friendly elements such as reduced noise pollution and wind power.

The Little Litterbug competition was open to pupils 11 years and under encouraging children across the country to think about the environmental impact from their classroom rubbish.

Michael Walby, Director of Viking inIreland, says: “The Little Litterbug competition has been a great opportunity for children to learn more about how they can help the environment and make their school more eco-friendly.”


Pictured at the opening of the Viking for Schools eco-garden at Scoil Naisunta Naomh Brid in Downings, is 10 year old pupil Paddy Gallagher with Michael Walby, Director of Viking inIreland.

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