Tuesday, 16 February 2016

ALL IRELAND CREDIT UNION ART COMPETITION



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

GENERAL CATEGORY


Category   Name   Credit Union   Position  
7 yrs & under (G)   Cormac PlĂ©imeann (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  

 SPECIAL CATEGORY

Category   Name   Credit Union  
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