The Townland Project was carried out by the young people in Shelagh Youth Club to create a sense of shared identity by exploring the of 24 townlands across the surrounding hinterlands of Co. Louth, Co, Monaghan and Co. Armagh, thus creating positive reflection of the area.
The project was rooted in the community, the research carried out by the young people was supported by local historians, Sue Callan from Culloville, Kevin Murphy from Mullaghbawn, Paddy Martin and Claire Quigley from the Shelagh Area.
The next stage of the project brought the townland local histories to life, under the creative guidance of local Ardee artist Susan Farrelly from Abbey Art Studios, who commented that “it’s wonderful to think that a group of diverse children and adults have a visual legacy that everyone can enjoy in the community for years to come”.
A volunteer base of youth leaders, children, parents and artists participated in both the research and painting of the mural design on the four walls of the youth club.
There has been a huge effort by all who were involved in the process.
This event was funded by the Rural Enabler Programme, which is a Peace 111 funded programme,