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Monkstown Mural an Imaginative Reminder of Times Past

Work has been completed on a transformative mural at the ‘Cut-and-Cover’ Tunnel in Monkstown, with the iconic tunnel upgraded with colour and imagery, in an homage to the towns rail, industrial and maritime heritage.

The new mural at the 'Cut-and-Cover’ Tunnel in Monkstown

The project was commissioned by Cork County Council and completed by artists from ‘The Walls Project’, who have experience in delivering large-scale, impactful murals that aim to improve community spaces through artistic expression. Artists Gareth Joyce, Shane O’Driscoll and Kerri Breen worked on the piece, while providing mentoring and experience for local artists. artists Jamie Howard and Mark Quirke.

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley notes the importance of publicly available artwork in the community,

“This project is a very welcome addition to the landscape of Monkstown. It is a visually stunning piece in a unique and important location accessible to all members of the community. The work is sensitive to the heritage of the town and is a fitting tribute to the history of Monkstown and the surrounding area. I would like to thank the community for their input and support in bringing this project to fruition and have no doubt it will be enjoyed by residents and visitors for years to come.”

Chair of Carrigaline Municipal District, Cllr. Audrey Buckley, noted how much the local community were looking forward to the artwork:

“This work was highly anticipated and brings a great sense of vibrancy and interest to the ‘Cut-and-Cover’. The mural is very appropriate for the area and highlights the importance of the arts in our community for highlighting local heritage and improving amenities. I would also like to thank the local community, including the local schools and Tidy Towns, for all their assistance in making this project a reality and for their valuable contributions to the design.”

The mural is a Cork County Council Project ACT 2021 initiative, as part of a range of measures supporting the economic and social recovery of county towns and villages.

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