Having officially moved into their new school at Pembroke Hill in September of last year, students at the Loreto are already leaving their mark on the area with a colourful and eye-catching mural.
While work is under way on the neighbouring Min Ryan Park, wooden walls were erected to fence off the site. Not the most appealing sight, Niall Barry of Niall Barry & Co came up with an interesting idea.
'Basically, Niall approached our principal Billy O'Shea and asked if the girls would be interested in doing some kind of mural,' explained art teacher Julie Busher. 'Our transition year's designed it and carried out all the work themselves. The thinking behind it was of inclusion and of the natural environment, so we have the sunflower, eyes and lots of different colours included. The feedback has been amazing. Everyone loves it! You can see it from the road as well, which is great. Hopefully when the park is done, we'll be able to keep a little bit of it or install it in the park.'
The overall design was the work of Lizzie Maher, Sadhbh Quinn and Aoife Murphy who worked closely with Ms Busher to bring their vision to life. All of the materials for the work were provided by Niall Barry and he was blown away by the results, complimenting the talents of the some 130 students who got out with paint brushes and got the work done.
'Obviously we only moved into the school last year, so it was a great way to get the girls involved with their local community here,' Ms Busher continued.
'We've had a lot of positive comments and I think it'd be great to see more things like this around town.'