All Ireland Credit Union Art Competition Winners Announced

Media Release: 12 February 2017

All Ireland Credit Union Art Competition Winners Announced

30,000 entries received from across Ireland

  

The winners of one of the country’s biggest art competitions, run by the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU), have been announced today at Croke Park. A huge 30,000 entries were received through 300 credit unions for the All Ireland Credit Union Art Competition. Cash prizes were awarded to the winners by broadcasting legend Marty Whelan at today’s prize-giving ceremony.

The All Ireland Art Competition is now in its 33rd year and continues to be hugely popular with children and adults alike. This year’s theme ‘Dreams are made of this….’ was open to interpretation by each entrant. The theme aimed to give all entrants a wide-ranging scope to express their creativity and imagination.

 

Speaking at today’s awards ceremony, ILCU President, Brian McCrory said: "This competition brings together people of all ages from every corner of Ireland and is a celebration of their diversity and creativity. The Irish League of Credit Unions will continue to support and nurture the artistic development of young and old in our local communities with this fantastic annual event, which is truly representative of the credit union movement’s spirit of community."

 

Mr McCrory continued "I am greatly impressed by the quality of the artwork on display at Croke Park today, and it has been very compelling to see how uniquely each of the artists interpreted the theme of Dreams. I would like to extend a huge congratulations to each and every artist that participated."

 

The judges for this year’s competition were: Una Sealy, RHA Gallery and RTE’s Painting the Nation, Ursula Retzlaff O’Connell, Artist, and John Walsh, Creative Director FOCUS Advertising. 

ART COMPETITION WINNERS

 

GENERAL CATEGORY

 

Category  

Name  

Credit Union  

Position  

7 yrs & under (G)  

Margaux Gilbourne

Mallow

Winner  

7 yrs & under (G)  

Benjamin O’Meara

Rathkeale and District

Runner Up  

7 yrs & under (G)  

Lara du Plessis

Cooley

Merit  

8 to 10 years  

Clodagh McDonagh

Macroom

Winner

8 to 10 years  

Ruby Gallagher

Cootehill

Runner Up

8 to 10 years  

Laura Szymikowska

 Kilrush

Merit

11 to 13 years  

Eileen Novac

Tralee

Winner  

11 to 13 years  

Ariane Quinn

Kilkeel

Runner Up  

11 to 13 years  

Tolu Emmanuel

Cuchullain

Merit  

14 to 17 years  

Lauren Dolphin

 Naomh Breandain

Winner  

14 to 17 years  

Hannah Wright

Rathmore and District

Runner Up  

14 to 17 years  

Aoibhinn Kinsella

Gorey

Joint Merit  

14 to 17 years  

John Carey

Cahir

Joint Merit  

18 years & over  

Katie Collins

Tralee

Winner  

18 years & over  

Yvonne Hickey

Greenhills

Runner Up  

18 years & over  

Lisa Power

Waterford

Merit  

 

 

 SPECIAL CATEGORY  

 

Category  

Name  

Credit Union  

Position  

7 yrs & under (S)  

Callum Bowes

Blackrock

Winner  

7 yrs & under (S)  

Liam Grainger

Irvinestown

Runner Up  

7 yrs & under (S)  

Orla O’Donoghue

Rathmore and District

Merit  

8 to 10 years  

Chloe Grennan

 Cootehill

Winner  

8 to 10 years  

Adam Crowe

St. Francis

Runner Up  

8 to 10 years  

Darragh Hunter-Kerr

Letterkenny

Merit  

11 to 13 years  

Shannon Ward

Lurgan

Winner  

11 to 13 years  

Darragh Moran

Wexford

Runner Up  

11 to 13 years  

Roisin Cotter

Cahir

Merit-joint

11 to 13 years

Ewan McGoll

Antrim

Merit-joint

14 to 17 years  

Ellen Mooney

Portadown

Winner  

14 to 17 years  

Eoin Herlihy

Rathmore and Distrcit

Runner Up  

14 to 17 years  

Zara Mason

M.P.C.C.

Merit  

18 years & over  

Sean McNamara

Mountmellick

Winner  

18 years & over  

James O’Shea

Killarney

Runner Up  

18 years & over  

Venus Reilly

Gorey

Merit  

Group  

Le Chéile Special Class

The Lough

Winner  

 

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