ALL IRELAND CREDIT UNION ART COMPETITION
Each year in February the Irish League of Credit Unions hosts the annual All Ireland Art Competition Awards and Exhibition. The event recognises aspiring artists from all over the country. This year the awards took place at Croke Park where 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 32 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 ‘Happiness is …’ was open to interpretation by each entrant and aimed to celebrate the creativity, imagination and vibrancy of the budding artists.
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. Well done to everyone involved.
The judges for this year’s competition were: John Walsh, Creative Director FOCUS Advertising Agency, Eileen Brophy, UTV Ireland, Ursula Retzlaff O’Connell, Artist.
ART COMPETITION WINNERS
|7 yrs & under (G)||Cormac Pléimeann (Fleming)||Roscommon||Winner|
|8 to 10 years||Clodagh McDonagh||Macroom||Winner|
|11 to 13 years||Cara Pilbeam||Cuchullain||Winner|
|14 to 17 years||Aoibhinn Kinsella||Gorey||Winner|
|18 years & over||Shania McDonagh||St.Colman's (Claremorris)||Winner|
|7 yrs & under (S)||Aoran Keane Gray||Wexford||Winner|
|8 to 10 years||Niamh Power||Wexford||Winner|
|11 to 13 years||Amylee Bothwell||Antrim||Winner|
|14 to 17 years||Annie Tythen||Antrim||Winner|
|18 years & over||Sean Grehan||St.Agnes||Winner|
|Group||Enable Ireland Adult Service||Tralee||Winner|