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




Category  Name  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 




Category  Name  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