Tuesday 16 October 2018

Budding artists given credit for 'setting imaginations free'

Keisha McCann from Castleblayney, Co.Monaghan, winner in the 11-13 yrs category at the National Prize-Giving Ceremony for the Credit Union All Ireland Art Competition. Photo: Julian Behal
Keisha McCann from Castleblayney, Co.Monaghan, winner in the 11-13 yrs category at the National Prize-Giving Ceremony for the Credit Union All Ireland Art Competition. Photo: Julian Behal
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

Young artists from across the island showed off their skills at one of Ireland's longest-running art competitions at Croke Park.

Ten individual finalists, 22 runners-up and a group winner were given prizes by RTÉ star Marty Whelan yesterday as part of the 34th annual Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) All-Ireland Art Competition. This year's theme 'Set Your Imagination Free' attracted 30,000 entries from the Republic and Northern Ireland.

Eleven age category winners aged from seven to 18 received cash prizes for their efforts, as did artists with learning disabilities.

Some of the themes explored in this year's competition included city scapes, underwater worlds, space and mythical creatures.

ILCU president Charles Murphy said: "There is a thriving creative and artistic culture in 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."

Nathan Richardson winner in the 7 Years and under category from Nenagh Co.Tipperary with MC Marty Whelan at the National Prize-Giving Ceremony for the Credit Union All Ireland Art Competition at Croke Park. Photo: Julian Behal
Nathan Richardson winner in the 7 Years and under category from Nenagh Co.Tipperary with MC Marty Whelan at the National Prize-Giving Ceremony for the Credit Union All Ireland Art Competition at Croke Park. Photo: Julian Behal

He said he was also "greatly impressed by the depth of talent" on show at the exhibit.

Mary Ann McMackin from Omagh, Co.Tyrone, winner in the 8-10 category jumps for joy. Photo: Julian Behal
Mary Ann McMackin from Omagh, Co.Tyrone, winner in the 8-10 category jumps for joy. Photo: Julian Behal

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