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Friday 19 July 2019

All aboard: Doyle launches Barrytown mural at Dart station

Paint job: Author Roddy Doyle with mural artists Keane McLoughlin (19) and Nathan Batt (19), of the Kilbarrack Coastal Community Programme at Kilbarrack Dart station. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
Paint job: Author Roddy Doyle with mural artists Keane McLoughlin (19) and Nathan Batt (19), of the Kilbarrack Coastal Community Programme at Kilbarrack Dart station. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Evie Kearney

Author Roddy Doyle was the guest of honour as two new murals, one immortalising his much-loved Barrytown trilogy, were unveiled yesterday.

He read excerpts from the trilogy - which comprises 'The Commitments', 'The Snapper' and 'The Van' - at the launch of the murals at Kilbarrack Dart station in Dublin. The murals were created in collaboration with the Reach Out programme, run by the Kilbarrack Coastal Community Programme (KCCP).

They updated the previous mural that featured scenes from Italia '90.

Members of the programme worked with internationally renowned street artist Solus to design the Barrytown mural and an additional piece of art that showcases famous northsiders. KCCP member Tiernan Williams said that working with the artist on the project was "an honour".

The Reach Out programme is designed to help 18- to 25-year-olds in the area who may be struggling with a variety of pressures, such as addiction or mental health issues.

Irish Rail spokesperson Jane Cregan said the murals were a way for young people to express their creativity and help them with "realising their potential through art".

Local councillor Daryl Barron has also applauded the creativity of the new murals.

"I'm delighted to unveil this inspiring mural in Kilbarrack," he said. "The creativity of the many young people involved, and Solus, for the amazing work will be enjoyed by thousands of commuters every day."

Irish Independent

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