Winners of Credit Union Art Competition Announced

Posted on: 10 Feb 2020

Budding artists from the four corners of Ireland took the ‘Walk of Life’ to Croke Park today, Sunday 9th February, for the annual, All-Island Credit Union Art Competition.

30,000 entries were received for the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) competition, which, in its 36th year, is one of the longest-running competitions of its type. The eleven category winners, from across the age spectrum, received cash prizes from MC Marty Whelan at the gala prize-giving ceremony.
 

The theme for this year’s competition was the ‘Walk of Life’. This was specifically designed by credit unions to encourage participants to think about how society and communities change, grow and develop for the better. Irish communities have made many positive changes in recent years to ensure the country is a more inclusive, diverse and liberal place to live in. Participants gained inspiration from the positive changes they have witnessed in their own local communities, or in wider society. Others depicted positive changes they have gone through themselves as individuals, as they continue their journey through life.


The theme inspired some deeply thought-provoking and inspiring works, ranging from depictions of the path of life through nature, a depiction of evolution and the influence of the digital world in society today.
 
Speaking at the awards ceremony, ILCU Head of Communications, Paul Bailey said: “There is a thriving creative and artistic community across the island of Ireland and the credit union movement is dedicated to supporting and developing this  community. 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. This year credit unions wanted to use the opportunity to promote the message of culture and positive change in their communities, and the theme they have designed has led to some exceptional artistic creations.”
 
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. There was also a category for artists with learning difficulties. The competition is facilitated by credit unions in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Credit Union Art Competition 2019
Listing of Winners

 
Chpt Name Credit Union Category Position
23 Brianne Herlihy Rathmore & Dist 7 yrs & under (G) Winner
19 Dónall McDaid Ballymote & District 7 yrs & under (G) Runnerup
6 Veronica Jhuboo Drogheda 7 yrs & under (G) Joint Merit
9 Ella Kelly Arklow 7 yrs & under (G) Joint Merit
         
1 Josh Cunningham Derry 8 to 10 years (G) Winner
6 Aoife Kearney Virginina 8 to 10 years (G) Runnerup
22 Dibyashree Mistree St. Agnes 8 to 10 years (G) Merit
         
11 Alina Tal Ballincollig 11 to 13 years (G) Winner
25 Eline Lund Dunboyne & Dist 11 to 13 years (G) Runner up
1 Holly Towey Donegal town 11 to 13 years (G) Merit
         
1 Hannah Park Derry 14 to 17 years (G) Winner
25 Shona Beedall Dunboyne & Dist 14 to 17 years (G) Runner up
2 Stephen Murray Antrim 14 to 17 years (G) Joint Merit
9 Daniel Pong Enniscorthy 14 to 17 years (G) Joint Merit
         
9 Aoibhinn Kinsella Altura 18 years & over (G) Winner
5 Lauren McKenna Monaghan 18 years & over (G) Runnerup
8 Niamh O'Toole Goresbridge 18 years & over (G) Merit
Chpt Name Credit Union Category Position
5 Summer McDonald Monaghan 7 yrs & under (S) Winner
23 Christina Ryan Rathmore & Dist 7 yrs & under (S) Runnerup
11 Liadán Ní Chrualaoich Our Lady Crowned 7 yrs & under (S) Merit
         
22 Sophie Kennedy Core 8 to 10 years (S) Winner
12 Ellie McAuliffe Mallow 8 to 10 years (S) Runnerup
19 Rhianna Reed Boyle 8 to 10 years (S) Merit
         
2 Ana Jorge Antrim 11 to 13 years (S) Winner
1 Callum O'Donnell Donegal town 11 to 13 years (S) Runnerup
4 Thomas-James Jamison Kilkeel 11 to 13 years (S) Joint Merit
12 Noreen Bradley Macroom 11 to 13 years (S) Joint Merit
         
10 Jeff Iwere St. Dominic's 14 to 17 years (S) Winner
13 Sinead Duggan St. Francis 14 to 17 years (S) Runner up
17 Adam McHugh Omagh 14 to 17 years (S) Merit
         
14 James Wellwood Thurles 18 years & over (S) Winner
5 Alana Barry Castleblayney 18 years & over (S) Runnerup
23 Ger O'Mahony Killarney 18 years & over (S) Merit
         
5 Class 1 B (7 yrs under) Connect Group Winner