There was great excitement last weekend in Rush as Fingal Mayor, Cllr Seána Ó Rodaigh joined the local Tidy Towns (TT) committee and the wider community to unveil the Ros-Eó Mural Wall, writes Rose Barrett.
Over 100 volunteers from numerous community groups in Rush joined forces to complete the colourful project. Eighteen murals were painted by 31 local artists on a dilapidated, tired wall which encompasses 450 foot in length; at 10 foot high, the wall has 51 separate panels.
Funding was secured from Fingal County Council (FCC) to purchase the base layer paint and other materials, with significant donations of unwanted paint provided by a local paint shop.
“The mural which we unveiled last Friday, July 16,” said Brendan O’Reilly, Chair Rush TT, “represents “caring”, and took about 40 hours to complete. It’s an image of a young child and an elderly person in front of the gates to Kenure Woods and totally epitomises what our community is all about. The TTs group stated they were amazed by the level of participation right across the community with 29 local groups, and residents from 10 to 73 years of age helping out.
Fingal Mayor Seána Ó Rodaigh addressed the gathering: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in this fantastic art project. Rush has a a strong tradition of community engagement and this beautiful artwork will bring joy to many for years to come.
“The importance of our public spaces has been more evident than ever in recent times. This project is a creative way to add colour and beauty to our built environment while connecting us to the story of Rush throughout the ages for generations to come.”
A link to the video showing the making of the wall can be viewed at Rush Tidy Towns Ros Eó mural wall video – YouTube