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All Ireland Credit Union Art Competition Winners Announced

30,000 entries received from across Ireland

 

The winners of one of the country’s biggest art competitions, run by the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU), have been announced today at Croke Park. A huge 30,000 entries were received through 300 credit unions for the All Ireland Credit Union Art Competition. Cash prizes were awarded to the winners by broadcasting legend Marty Whelan at today’s prize-giving ceremony.

The All Ireland Art Competition is now in its 33rd year and continues to be hugely popular with children and adults alike. This year’s theme ‘Dreams are made of this….’ was open to interpretation by each entrant. The theme aimed to give all entrants a wide-ranging scope to express their creativity and imagination.

 

Speaking at today’s awards ceremony, ILCU President, Brian McCrory said: “This competition brings together people of all ages from every corner of Ireland and is a celebration of their diversity and creativity. The Irish League of Credit Unions will continue to support and nurture the artistic development of young and old in our local communities with this fantastic annual event, which is truly representative of the credit union movement’s spirit of community.”

 

Mr McCrory continued “I am greatly impressed by the quality of the artwork on display at Croke Park today, and it has been very compelling to see how uniquely each of the artists interpreted the theme of Dreams. I would like to extend a huge congratulations to each and every artist that participated.”

 

The judges for this year’s competition were: Una Sealy, RHA Gallery and RTE’s Painting the Nation, Ursula Retzlaff O’Connell, Artist, and John Walsh, Creative Director FOCUS Advertising.

ART COMPETITION 2016 – NATIONAL WINNERS

 

GENERAL CATEGORY

 

Category Name Credit Union Position
7 yrs & under (G) Margaux Gilbourne Mallow Winner
7 yrs & under (G) Benjamin O’Meara Rathkeale and District Runner Up
7 yrs & under (G) Lara du Plessis Cooley Merit
8 to 10 years Clodagh McDonagh Macroom Winner
8 to 10 years Ruby Gallagher Cootehill Runner Up
8 to 10 years Laura Szymikowska  Kilrush Merit
11 to 13 years Eileen Novac Tralee Winner
11 to 13 years Ariane Quinn Kilkeel Runner Up
11 to 13 years Tolu Emmanuel Cuchullain Merit
14 to 17 years Lauren Dolphin  Naomh Breandain Winner
14 to 17 years Hannah Wright Rathmore and District Runner Up
14 to 17 years Aoibhinn Kinsella Gorey Joint Merit
14 to 17 years John Carey Cahir Joint Merit
18 years & over Katie Collins Tralee Winner
18 years & over Yvonne Hickey Greenhills Runner Up
18 years & over Lisa Power Waterford Merit

 

SPECIAL CATEGORY

 

Category Name Credit Union Position
7 yrs & under (S) Callum Bowes Blackrock Winner
7 yrs & under (S) Liam Grainger Irvinestown Runner Up
7 yrs & under (S) Orla O’Donoghue Rathmore and District Merit
8 to 10 years Chloe Grennan  Cootehill Winner
8 to 10 years Adam Crowe St. Francis Runner Up
8 to 10 years Darragh Hunter-Kerr Letterkenny Merit
11 to 13 years Shannon Ward Lurgan Winner
11 to 13 years Darragh Moran Wexford Runner Up
11 to 13 years Roisin Cotter Cahir Merit-joint
11 to 13 years Ewan McGoll Antrim Merit-joint
14 to 17 years Ellen Mooney Portadown Winner
14 to 17 years Eoin Herlihy Rathmore and Distrcit Runner Up
14 to 17 years Zara Mason M.P.C.C. Merit
18 years & over Sean McNamara Mountmellick Winner
18 years & over James O’Shea Killarney Runner Up
18 years & over Venus Reilly Gorey Merit
Group Le Chéile Special Class The Lough Winner