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All Ireland Credit Union Art Competition Winners Announced

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