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Sunday 31 August 2014

Lerris Cross is looking great

Published 12/06/2013 | 05:36

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THEY'RE all wondering who the man over the half door could be as an impressive project by a tidy towns group brightens up a famous north Kerry crossroads.

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Lerrig Cross has been transformed by Kilmoyley Tidy Towns who have given an old cottage given a long-needed facelift and added a portrait by local artist Seanie Horan of a distinguished looking gentleman leaning on the old half door.

In recent years the northern side of the cross had become oververgrown and it wasn't until the Kilmoyley citizens started tackling it that they realised quite what a gem they had on their hands.

"We really didn't realise what was behind all the scrub and briars until we started clearing it," PRO Billy O'Connor said. What emerged from the thickets was the old Griffin family cottage. Local contractor Gerard Collins and painter Mike Curran gave freely of their time clearing and painting the premises, while Seanie Horan came on board with his wonderful talent.

"It's getting great feedback and we're delighted with the response! Seanie was telling me that everyone keeps asking him if the man in the scene is legendary local hurler Mike Mull. Seanie said that any resemblance was purely coincidental!" Billy laughed.

The home was last inhabited by local man John Brendan Griffin's father. Among a few curios discovered in the house was an interesting improvisation: one of the windows was the back windscreen of a Morris Minor.

Kerryman

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