Imagination Unleashed at National Art Competition Prize-Giving Ceremony

Media Release: 12 February 2018

The winners of one of the nation’s largest and longest-running art competitions have been announced at Croke Park. 30,000 entries were received for the annual Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) All Ireland Art Competition, now in its 34th year. The eleven category winners, from all age groups, attended the official prize-giving ceremony accompanied by family and friends. They received cash prizes from broadcasting personality Marty Whelan.

‘Set Your Imagination Free’ was the theme of the 2017 All Ireland Credit Union Art Competition, designed to give a wide-ranging scope to entrants to express their creativity and individuality. In addition to the ten individual winners and one group winner, there were 22 runner-up and merit awards. Age categories encompassed 7-years-and-under to 18-years-and-over, and a category for artists with learning difficulties. The competition is facilitated by credit unions in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Winning entries featured such imaginative interpretations of the theme as underwater scenes, space oddities, mythical creatures and city skylines.  The winners hailed from corners of Ireland stretching from Westport to Wexford and Irvinestown in Northern Ireland.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, ILCU President, Charles Murphy said: “There is a thriving creative and artistic culture in local communities across the island of Ireland and the credit union movement is dedicated to supporting and developing this culture. Our annual art event is just one example of the great work credit unions do in their local communities to ensure that both young and old have an outlet for their creative skills.”

Mr Murphy continued “I was greatly impressed by the depth of talent demonstrated in the beautiful artwork on display in Croke Park. It was very interesting to see how uniquely each of the artists interpreted the theme. I extend a huge congratulations to each and every artist that participated in this competition and I look forward to seeing more artistic creations in the future.”

 

 ART COMPETITION WINNERS

 

GENERAL CATEGORY

 

Category  

Name  

Credit Union  

Position  

7 yrs & under   

Rían Gavin

Westport

Winner  

7 yrs & under 

Grace Mary Holden

Tullow

Runner Up  

7 yrs & under

Páidí Herlihy

Kilmallock

Merit  

8 to 10 years  

Niall Murray

Drogehda

Winner

8 to 10 years  

William O’Riordan

Wicklow & District

Runner Up

8 to 10 years  

Liam Allen

 Kanturk

Merit

11 to 13 years  

Keisha McCann

Castleblayney

Winner  

11 to 13 years  

Mia McGrath

Blessington & District

Runner Up  

11 to 13 years  

Sandra Dulnik

Blackrock

Merit  

14 to 17 years  

Erin King Engishby

 Drogheda

Winner  

14 to 17 years  

Veronica Petrisor

Halston Street

Runner Up  

14 to 17 years  

Cameron Chung

Caherdavin

Joint Merit  

14 to 17 years  

Lauren Dolphin

Naomh Breandáin

Joint Merit  

18 years & over  

Megan Lennon

Dungarvan

Winner  

18 years & over  

Andrea Tesarova

Banagher

Runner Up  

18 years & over  

Hannah Wright

Rathmore and District

Merit  

 

 SPECIAL CATEGORY  

 

Category  

Name  

Credit Union  

Position  

7 yrs & under  

Nathan Richardson

Nenagh

Winner  

7 yrs & under  

Roisin O’Brien

Kilmallock

Runner Up  

7 yrs & under  

Caydyn Molloy

Clanmaurice

Merit  

8 to 10 years  

Mary Ann McMackin

 Beragh

Winner  

8 to 10 years  

Noah Lavery

Emyvale

Runner Up  

8 to 10 years  

Bruce Fitzpatrick

Wexford

Merit  

11 to 13 years  

Thomas O’Dwyer

Kilrush

Winner  

11 to 13 years  

Dylan Murphy

Clanmaurice

Runner Up  

11 to 13 years  

Max Smith

Cootehill

Joint Merit

11 to 13 years

Michael Singleton

Irvinestown

Joint Merit

14 to 17 years  

Callum Marks Power

St Dominic

Winner  

14 to 17 years  

Cathal Devlin

Blackrock

Runner Up  

14 to 17 years  

Kevin Meenan

Cuchullain

Merit  

18 years & over  

Venus Reilly

Gorey

Winner  

18 years & over  

Britney Arendse

Virginia

Runner Up  

18 years & over  

James Wellwood

Thurles

Merit  

Group  

Primrose Class St Hilda’s Special School

Athlone

Winner  

 

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