Grace in the race for Google Doodle win
a Dublin school could be in for a bumper €10,000 pay day thanks to a doodle by pupil Grace Connolly.
The nine-year-old has made it through to the final of the Doodle for Google art competition.
If she wins, the budding artist will land a €10,000 technology grant for Scoil Mhuire Girls National School in Lucan.
Third-class pupil Grace could also claim a €5,000 third-level grant for herself as well as a Google Chromebook laptop.
She could also see her art hosted on the search engine's Irish homepage in place of the famous colourful logo.
Grace beat off stiff competition to make the final after more than 300 entries were whittled down to 75 finalists.
"The theme this year was A Perfect Day, and Grace's doodle was one of the gymnastics, her favourite pastime," said her delighted teacher Nicole McGroarty, who is calling on the public to vote for Grace's picture when it goes live on Monday.
Ms McGroarty said the grant would be a "fantastic asset to the school".
"We're all super-proud and excited," she said. "The children in the class have spent the day making posters and thinking up slogans to encourage everyone to vote for Grace."
Mum Fiona has said the whole family are proud of Grace, but added that credit must go to Ms McGroarty.
"It's all down to her. She's brilliant for the school. It would be fantastic to win," she said. "There's no school more deserving than Scoil Mhuire."
The overall winner will be announced at Google's European HQ in Dublin on April 20.