Publish date: 2nd May 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 2014 – NATIONAL WINNERS
|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|
|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|