Thursday 20 June 2019

School outing inspires new mural

The pupils from Bree National School during their outing to Bellevue church
The pupils from Bree National School during their outing to Bellevue church
A scene from the new mural

Brendan Keane

The students in St Joseph's National School in Bree have worked with artist, Mary Wallace, to develop a new mural in their bicycle shelter.

The mural was completed as part of a heritage in schools scheme.

The 6th class students in the school worked with the renowned artist to paint the piece which was inspired by a recent tour the children undertook around local historic sites including Ballybrittas Dolmen, Wilton Castle and Bellevue Church.

The tour was organised by Fr Michael Byrne to inspire the pupils ahead of them creating their mural.

The students got first-hand experience of Ballybrittas dolmen thanks to the local landowner while Seán Windsor gave a very informative account to the children, of the history of Wilton Castle.

The local sacristan opened up Bellevue Church so the children could see for themselves the beautiful designs inside the historic building.

After their tour Ms Wallace helped the children create a beautiful mural based on the local heritage of the area.

The mural includes an artistic interpretation of Bellevue Church with some lovely details including the Wexford colours and the school crest.

Ballybrittas Dolmen, Bree Hill and Wilton Castle are also part of the wonderful vista depicted on the mural.

The school expressed gratitude to everyone who assisted with the initiative in any way including Mike Doyle and C&D Providers for their help and support with the project.

Enniscorthy Guardian