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Art Competition
Art Competition

The Credit Union Art Competition has been a feature of life for all members young and old throughout Ireland for decades. This competition plays an important role in promoting the culture of art.

Arts, in particular, bring life to the imagination, allowing thoughts to become reality, no matter who you are or where you come from. In line with the culture and ethos of the Credit Union, everyone is welcome. The Credit Union Art Competition caters for all ages ranging from 7 years & under to 18 years & over, across all corners of the island of Ireland.

This competition requires entrants to draw or paint posters using pencil, charcoal, pen or ink, felt tip marker, crayon, pastel, water colours, gouache, acrylics, oils, poster colour or collage. Posters are required to be either A3 (420 x 297 mm) or A2 (594 x 420mm) and landscape orientation. Portrait orientation entries will be disqualified from adjudication.


There are two categories represented in the Credit Union Art Competition, General Category and Additional Needs Category. The Additional Needs Category encourages participants with physical or intellectual disabilities to submit entries in free expression without the restriction of the competition’s official theme if they wish. This category also allows for group entries. All group entries will be judged together – while no age categories apply.


Judging process:

The Credit Union Art Competition consists of three stages.

Stage 1

is run solely by local Credit Unions
around the country.

Stage 2

moves on to Chapter level, which consists of different regional finals around the country.

Stage 3

is the National Final, which is judged by independent artists on behalf of the Irish League of Credit Unions.

To be considered for judging at any level, entries must follow the below briefs:
  • All entries must be submitted in either A3 (420 x 297mm) or A2 (594 x 420mm) and landscape orientation. Portrait oriented entries will be disqualified from adjudication.
  • Name, address, age, date of birth and other details (where applicable) must be clearly printed on the entry form and then attached to the back of the entry. Any entries bearing incomplete entry forms may not be considered.
  • The entry can be drawn or painted in pencil, charcoal, pen or ink, felttip markers, crayon, pastel, water colours, gouache, acrylics, oils, poster colour or collage. Prints done from a lino block, wood block or any other method may also be submitted. No computer aided design (CAD) may be entered. No pieces of art under glass, as we cannot be responsible for same.

Stage 1 and Stage 2 will be judged by local Credit Unions, who may enlist the help of local artists. Stage 3 – National Final, will be judged by three high profile artists who look for originality, creativity and inspiration throughout the pieces. The Category for People with additional needs are invited from children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. Entrants must clearly tick on the entry form if they wish to be considered for this category. Entrants in this category are not required to use the theme.

Schools Quiz
Schools Quiz

Each year around 25,000 school children take part in the Quiz. All primary schools are welcome to contact the Credit Union and register for the competition. The competition traditionally takes place in January of each year.

The Quiz begins with a knock-out stage at local level.There will be some fantastic prizes for the winning teams-of-four, who will also progess to the regional stages.

The winning teams from the regional stage will then make it through to the Grand Final.

Questions will cover a wide range of topics including geography, history, music, literature and sport, and we have no doubt that all of our little warriors will rise to the challenge.

Quiz The quiz is divided into 2 sections;

  • Competition A for children up to 11 years.
  • Competition B for children between 11 and 13 years.

The annual school’s quiz creates great excitement in the schools.

Schools Savings Club
Schools Savings Club

If your school is interested in joining our Savings Club then talk to a member of our staff today.

What’s involved: You will need to nominate one person (possibly a parent to bring the school savers box from the Credit Union to the school every week. The kids will put their savings into this locked box in a secure wallet (provided by the Credit Union) and the nominated person will return the box to the Credit Union.

This is an excellent way of encouraging school children to get into a routine of saving on a weekly basis. We want to thank the schools, teachers, parents, and all those involved, for encouraging and facilitating the pupils with our school savers club. Your time and dedication makes it possible for us to reward students for their savings habit.