Portadown girl is tops in popular Credit Union art competition

Ellen Mooney winner in the 14-17 yrs special category  from Portadown Credit Union,Armagh with Marty Whelan and ILCU President Brian McCrory  in Croke Park. Pic by Maxwell Photography
Ellen Mooney winner in the 14-17 yrs special category from Portadown Credit Union,Armagh with Marty Whelan and ILCU President Brian McCrory in Croke Park. Pic by Maxwell Photography

A teenage girl, Ellen Mooney from Portadown, has won an art contest run by the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU).

Ellen who won the 14 to 17 age group category, was just a one of a number of winners of one of the country’s biggest art competition. All the winners were announced at a ceremony in Croke Park.

A huge 30,000 entries were received through 300 credit unions for the All Ireland Credit Union Art Competition. Cash prizes were awarded to the winners by broadcasting legend Marty Whelan at the prize-giving ceremony.

The All Ireland Art Competition is now in its 33rd year and continues to be hugely popular with children and adults alike. This year’s theme ‘Dreams are made of this….’ was open to interpretation by each entrant.

The theme aimed to give all entrants a wide-ranging scope to express their creativity and imagination.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, ILCU President, Brian McCrory said: “This competition brings together people of all ages from every corner of Ireland and is a celebration of their diversity and creativity.

“The Irish League of Credit Unions will continue to support and nurture the artistic development of young and old in our local communities with this fantastic annual event, which is truly representative of the credit union movement’s spirit of community.”

He continued, “I am greatly impressed by the quality of the artwork on display at Croke Park, and it has been very compelling to see how uniquely each of the artists interpreted the theme of Dreams. I would like to extend a huge congratulations to each and every artist that participated.”

Judges were Una Sealy, of Painting the Nation, Ursula Retzlaff O’Connell, artist and John Walsh, of Focus.