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Thursday 17 October 2019

Credit where it's due: Our young artists prove to be forces of nature

Sisters Naoise (13) and Anya Clarke-Carr (15), from Ratoath, Co Meath. Photo: Julien Behal
Sisters Naoise (13) and Anya Clarke-Carr (15), from Ratoath, Co Meath. Photo: Julien Behal
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

Threats to the environment proved the inspiration for thousands of young artists, whose impressive works were celebrated at Croke Park last night.

Around 30,000 entries were received for this year's Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) art competition.

Now in its 35th year, it is one the longest-running competitions of its type.

The theme of the year was 'force of nature', which encouraged entrants to think about the natural world and the threats to it, such as pollution and plastic.

"The theme they have designed has led to some exceptional artistic creations," said Paul Bailey of the ILCU.

Among the winners was Jonathan O'Keeffe, from Killarney, Co Kerry, whose piece depicting rubbish engulfing a young woman impressed the judges in the aged 14-17 category.

Two-year-old twins Macy and Piper Powell carry Jonathan O’Keeffe’s artwork into the gala prize-giving ceremony. Photo: Julien Behal
Two-year-old twins Macy and Piper Powell carry Jonathan O’Keeffe’s artwork into the gala prize-giving ceremony. Photo: Julien Behal

Sisters Naoise (13) and Anya Clarke-Carr, (15) from Ratoath, Co Meath, were both named winners in their respective categories.

In all, 11 category winners from across the age spectrum received cash prizes from MC Marty Whelan at the gala event.

Ella Kelly, winner of the seven-and-under category. Photo: Julien Behal
Ella Kelly, winner of the seven-and-under category. Photo: Julien Behal

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