Tuesday 15 October 2019

Barrack Lane comes alive with history

Hubert Murphy

One of Drogheda's most famous streets has been transformed into a work of art. A series of murals have been painted along Barrack Lane, featuring the Earl of Desmond, Mother Mary Martin, Oliver Plunkett and John Boyle O'Reilly, amongst others.

Noel Bailey, who came up with the idea, says the support has been tremendous. 'My grateful thanks to everyone who contributed in any way, manually, finacially, or even helpful encouragement over the last year or so. Thanks to the O.D.S,  the Drogheda tidy towns committee especially the chairman Kevin Callan and the artists.'

Darren Finnegan led the team and it included Shane O' Malley and Marian Noone.  Starting at the bottom of Barrack Lane the line up features the words Failte, then Boann, Godess of the Boyne, Coracle, Standing Stone at Baltray. Newgrange, Viking Ships, Norman Soldier with Shield, Amergen, Laurance Gate, 1194 our first charter, The Earl of Desmond, Cromwells Guns, Millmount, Saint Oliver Plunkett, Battle of the Boyne, John Boyle O'Reilly, Thomas Charles Wright, Mother Mary Martin, and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital  and it ends with Droichead Atha.

'A very special thank you to the residents of Barrack Lane for their patience, and understanding during the last 12 months,' he added, hoping more streets can be done like this.

Drogheda Independent