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'You have to stop and look back' - Artist Joe Caslin creates new artwork to mark five years since marriage equality referendum

Joe Caslin's 2015 murals in support of the marriage equality referendum drew attention from across the globe. He reflects on that time and reveals the inspiration behind the special artwork he created for Saturday's Irish Independent Weekend magazine cover

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Original artwork by Joe Caslin for Weekend Magazine, five-year anniversary of the Marriage Equality Referendum

Original artwork by Joe Caslin for Weekend Magazine, five-year anniversary of the Marriage Equality Referendum

Joe Caslin. Photo: Ruth Medjber

Joe Caslin. Photo: Ruth Medjber

Joe Caslin's giant mural on the corner of Dame Street in 2015

Joe Caslin's giant mural on the corner of Dame Street in 2015

A mural by Irish artist Joe Caslin is installed on a 15th-century castle near Craughwell, Co Galway

A mural by Irish artist Joe Caslin is installed on a 15th-century castle near Craughwell, Co Galway

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Original artwork by Joe Caslin for Weekend Magazine, five-year anniversary of the Marriage Equality Referendum

Joe Caslin is an artist and art teacher from Roscommon who created today's Irish Independent Weekend magazine cover artwork. He originally trained as a glass-blower at NCAD before training as a teacher, as well as gaining an MFA in illustration at Edinburgh University.

His 2015 large-scale drawings in support of the marriage equality referendum received worldwide attention when they were unveiled in the weeks leading up to the historic vote. He has taught art in secondary schools for 12 years and currently lives with his partner in Tullamore, Co Offaly.

Why did you create the 2015 drawings?