Credit Union Art Competition 2014 National Final

Media Release: 15 February 2015

Today, the Irish League of Credit Unions recognised aspiring artists from all over the country at their annual All Ireland Art Competition Awards and Exhibition at Croke Park Dublin. Family, friends, and staff representing credit unions from all over Ireland joined Marty Whelan to recognise the outstanding talent on display.

 

The competition, which is one of the biggest art competitions for children and adults alike, has been running for 31 years and is open to entrants of all ages. The competition this year attracted a huge 30,000 entries through 300 credit unions nationwide. This year’s theme ‘Artfest’ was open to interpretation by each entrant and aimed to celebrate the creativity, imagination and vibrancy of the budding artists.

 

Speaking at the awards ceremony, ILCU President, Martin Sisk said:

 

‘We wholeheartedly support the artistic development of people young and old in our communities across the island of Ireland. The artists here today should be extremely proud of themselves and the quality of the artwork displayed is truly outstanding. It is interesting to see how uniquely each of the artists interpreted the theme ‘Artfest’. Well done to everyone involved."

 

Host, Marty Whelan added: "This is my fourth year hosting this event, and I am delighted to be involved. It is a pleasure to meet such an array of talented artist and give them the opportunity to showcase their creative ideas and gain national recognition for their ability. It is always great to see competitions like this support the arts and give people the opportunity to explore their creative side.

 

Well done to all of the entries that received recognition, and thank you to the Irish League of Credit Unions for asking me to be a part of the competition once again."

 

The judges for this year’s competition were: John Walsh, Creative Director FOCUS Advertising Agency, Ursula Retzlaff O’Connell, Artist, John Farrelly, Cartoonist and Graffiti Artist, VENTS

 

 

 

ART COMPETITION WINNERS

 

GENERAL CATEGORY

 

Category

 

Name

 

Credit Union

 

7 yrs & under (G)

 

Luke Collins

 

Drogheda Credit Union

 

8 to 10 years

 

Clodagh McDonagh

 

Macroom Credit Union

 

11 to 13 years

 

Sarah Leddy

 

Inniskeen Credit Union

 

14 to 17 years

 

Shania McDonagh

 

St. Colman's (Claremorris) Credit Union

 

18 years & over

 

Alex Wright

 

Rathmore and District Credit Union

 

 

SPECIAL CATEGORY

 

Category

 

Name

 

Credit Union

 

7 yrs & under (S)

 

David Donoghue

 

Tallaght and District Credit Union

 

8 to 10 years

 

Frank Graham

 

Naas Credit Union

 

11 to 13 years

 

Aoife Brady

 

Togher Credit Union

 

14 to 17 years

 

Christina McConnell

 

Derry Credit Union

 

18 years & over

 

Venus Reilly

 

Gorey Credit Union

 

Group

 

Class 3, St. Brigid's Special School

 

Castlebar Credit Union

 

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