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












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









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




Class 3, St. Brigid's Special School


Castlebar Credit Union


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