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James Moonan Takes First Place in Credit Union Competition


The winners of Credit Union’s “Imagine” art contest were announced via a special virtual ceremony broadcast today, Thursday, March 10, with a win for Drogheda.

ames Moonan was the big winner in the 14-17 age category for people with additional needs.

A tough competition, her drawing stood out from the three judges, Una Sealy, Urusula Retzlaff O’Connell and Stephen Doyle.

Stephen Doyle said: “The level has increased this year. I don’t know if people had a lot more time inside to paint and draw or if more people just walked in, but it was clear that the standard was very high.

The competition, now in its 38th edition, is still one of the oldest such competitions. A special virtual ceremony, hosted by legendary RTE broadcaster Marty Whelan, was streamed on ILCU’s social media channels for finalists and their family, friends and credit unions to connect.

Marty went through all of the finalists’ artwork and also spoke with the three art contest judges to get their thoughts and thoughts on this year’s winning pieces.

The theme for this year’s competition was “Imagine”, which encouraged participants to explore their thoughts, hopes and dreams, and portray them on paper or canvas.

Discussing the competition and awards ceremony, ILCU Communications Manager, Paul Bailey said: “Once again we have been absolutely blown away by the level and number of entries for the competition. This year. We received over 30,000 entries in all age categories and I would like to congratulate all the participants who participated and shared their works with us.

“This year’s theme, ‘Imagine,’ really brought out the creativity, vision and dreams of the attendees and we saw some incredible works of art, demonstrating the tremendous amount of artistry that exists.”