WATCH: Roddy Doyle helps launch new murals inspired by Barrytown trilogy at Irish train station
RODDY Doyle was on hand today as two new murals immortalising his much loved Barrytown trilogy were unveiled today.
The author read excerpts from the trilogy - which comprises of the Commitments, The Snapper and The Van - at the launch of the murals at Kilbarrack Station.
The murals were created in collaboration with The Reach Out programme, run by the Kilbarrack Coastal Community Programme (KCCP).
They updated the previously existing 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 psychosocial pressures such as addiction or mental health issues.
Irish Rail spokesperson Jane Cregan told Independent.ie that 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. The creativity of the many young people involved and renowned street artist Solus for the amazing work will be enjoyed by thousands of commuters every day," he said.
Iarnród Éireann Passenger Services Manager John Reville said: "I would like to congratulate each member of the Kilbarrack Coastal Community Programme for their creativity in bringing characters from the Barrytown trilogy to life in such a vivid way."