Vision Sports Ireland, the National Governing Body for sport for blind and vision impaired people, and Northern Ireland Blind Golf Association invite children living on the island of Ireland who are registered blind or vision-impaired, to participate in an art and essay competition.
The James Joyce Art and Essay competition was launched at an event in Fingal County Council on Monday 11th March. The aim of the is to encourage young people with vision impairments to learn more about Blind Golf. It is hoped the competition will inspire young people to get involved in Blind Golf and is being run in conjunction with the 2019 ISPS Handa Vision Cup.
The Vision Cup
This International Blind Golf Association event is being hosted in Ireland this year. This significant event will include 12 of the best blind golfers from North America who will take on 12 of the best from around the world in a Ryder Cup-style competition. The Vision Cup will be held at Portmarnock Golf Links, Co. Dublin between 18th and 20th June 2019.
James Joyce Art and Essay Competition Rules
Entrants for the James Joyce Art and Essay Competition must be aged between 9-12 years old on 31st May 2019. Young people with Vision Impairment wishing to participate should either write an essay or create an art piece focusing on sport and leisure for people with low vision.
ISPS Handa World Vision Cup 2019
The ISPS Handa World Vision Cup 2019 will officially be opened on 16th June 2019, a date otherwise known as Bloomsday, made famous by James Joyce. Joyce endured significant sight loss during his life and had a number of different eye problems including iritis (a painful inflammation of the iris), glaucoma, cataracts, and conjunctivitis. In 1917 he had the first of eleven operations on his eyes. Examining Joyce’s medical history, doctors today think his eye problems might have come from a condition called Reiter’s disease.
Speaking at the launch of the Art and Essay competition Mayor of Fingal Cllr Anthony Lavin said “I am delighted that Fingal County Council can support this wonderful initiative and I hope it will encourage young people with vision impairment to become more interested and active in sport. It is an honour to be hosting the ISPS Handa World Vision Cup in Fingal in June, and I want to wish all at Vision Sports Ireland and Northern Ireland Blind Golf Association the very best success.”
Also in attendance was CEO of Fingal County Council, Paul Reid, who said “Sports, Art and Culture play a huge role in society, The Vision Cup is a great example of them all working in harmony and just one of the many projects we’re supporting in 2019. We’re delighted to be able to renew our partnership with Vision Sports Ireland and The Irish Blind Golf Association.”
Joe Geraghty, National Development Officer for Vision Sports Ireland, said, “I want to thank most sincerely the Council for helping us launch the inaugural James Joyce Arts and Essay competition and for their continued support as we move towards The Vision Cup in June 2019.”
World-renowned artist Jim Fitzpatrick was also present at the launch and will be the principal judge of the art element of the competition. Speaking in Fingal County Council offices, Jim Fitzpatrick said: “It was a privilege to be involved with this important awareness-building project, encouraging young people with vision impairment to become active and involved in sporting activities.”
At the opening ceremony of the ISPS Handa World Vision Cup 2019, the winners of the Art and Essay Competition will be presented with the Vision Sports Ireland James Joyce Award. This inaugural competition will be run on an annual basis by Vision Sports Ireland and will form part of the legacy of the Vision Cup.