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Wednesday, 4th October, 2017 5:52pm

Cork people are being urged by the Lough Credit Union to set their imaginations free for the 2017 All Ireland Credit Union Art Competition.

Now in its 34th year and with up to 30,000 entries throughout 250 credit unions, this competition is open to all ages from seven and under to over 18s.

There is also a special category for those with physical or intellectual disabilities.

The annual competition is part of the Irish League of Credit Union’s commitment to supporting the artistic development of Irish communities.

Producing and creating art can have many benefits for adults such as reducing stress and aiding in the development of creative problem-solving skills. For children, painting and creating art can nurture fine-motor skills and neural development whilst encouraging emotional expression.

Encouraging everyone in Cork to enter the competition, the Lough Credit Union specifically caters for those in the Togher and Lough areas and anyone who lives, works or studies in these areas can enter via the Lough Credit Union.

Marketing Officer Pádraig Power said of the competition: “We are always inundated with amazing entries that overwhelm us with the talent of those in our common bond. These entries inspire us to keep using our minds and create innovative ways to cater for everyone in our community from our loans to savings.

“Cork’s talent is immense. We also were delighted with all of our amazing entries last year with our talented group Le Cheile winning at the national level and showcasing the importance and power of imagination.”

Winners, runners-up and merit award-winners from Togher and Lough areas will go on to represent the Lough Credit Union at regional level and the winning artworks will go on to the national level.

Prizes will be given at all levels. National winners will receive large cash-prizes at an award ceremony held in Croke Park in February 2018. Entry forms are available from the Lough Credit Union, Bandon Road and from the Lough Credit Union, Togher. The closing date to submit finished entries to the Lough Credit Union is Friday 27 October.

For further information on the competition, contact Pádraig Power at The Lough Credit Union on 021-4963384 or email

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