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Saturday 20 September 2014

Mural by young people brightens up beach wall

Published 09/08/2014 | 12:00

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At North Beach with the mural, Greystones Youth Group members John O’Connor, Aoise Whooley, Eilish Holohan, Niamh Gurrrin, Ciana McLoughlin, artist Dara Kennedy, Emma Kieran, Jack Doyle and Adam Judge

A group of young people have joined forces with a local artist to help clean up a wall covered in graffiti and create a mural along Greystones North Beach.

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The mural is situated where the North Beach meets the newly opened North Pier and it is hoped that this will be the first of many local projects the group will be involved in.

Aoise Whooley (16) said they wanted to do something positive for the area. 'We want to create something bright, cheerful and fun that will look good and be suitable for that spot. The graffiti already there is not attractive and might put people off using the beach. Young people are probably blamed for doing the graffiti so we, as young people, wanted to do something positive for the area.'

The group was formed following consultation with the Transition Year students at St David's Secondary School in April. The group of 10 has met several times since then with a view to see what they would like for the young people of Greystones.

The 10 have been working with Arklow artist Dara Kenny, who has expertise in the creation of murals in Arklow and Wicklow town, and the area will be transformed into a bright and cheerful piece of art.

The group of teens is being supported by Greystones Family Resource Centre and East Wicklow and Bray Youth Services. Youth information officer Paul Murphy said: 'We have met with the young people to hear their ideas and to support their development as a group. The longer-term aim is to have a self sustaining group that works with volunteers to develop a more permanent youth group that run activities for young people.'

Greystones Tidy Towns has also backed the project as have Sisk, Brady's hardware and Dulux.

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