Get to work on those works of art

Kerry winners in the 2018 All-Ireland Credit Union art contest, from left, Aneta Majchrzak from Killorglin, Helen Courtney Power, Killarney Credit, James O’Shea from Beaufort, Helen Courtney Power, Killarney Credit and Jonathan O’Keeffe, Killarney.
Picture: Eamonn Keogh

THREE budding artists from Kerry made their mark in no uncertain terms in last year’s national credit union art competition and hopes are high that some of this year’s entrants can emulate that achievement.

Last year saw James O’Shea from Beaufort winning in the adult special category, Aneta Majchrzak from Killorglin was a winner in the adult category and Jonathan O’Keeffe, from Killarney, won the 14-to-17 age category.

Entry forms for this year’s competition are available from all Killarney Credit Union branches on Beech Road, Park Road, Kenmare and Caherciveen and the closing date to submit finished entries to the local branch is October 25.

Karena McCarthy: Youth Officer

The 2019 Walk of Life theme builds on last year’s theme which was The Force of Nature and entrants this year are being invited to think about how society and communities can change, grow and develop for the better.

Winners at local level will go on to a regional level and there is a chance to progress to to the national awards ceremony in February 2020.

Each year almost 30,000 people enter the competition through more than 200 participating credit unions. There is no age limit and it is open to children aged seven years and under right through to 18 years and over. There is also a category for those with physical or intellectual difficulties.

Karena McCarthy, Youth Officer with Killarney Credit Union, said they are always inundated with fantastic works of art from young and old and they are expecting no different this year.

“Our art competition is an important outlet for creative expression and development here in South Kerry and events such as this contribute to a vibrant community,” she said.

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