TWO Dundalk artists have completed a new mural on the back wall of the Tourist Office at Market Square Dundalk.
The new work depicting the Táin is by Barry Finnegan and Killian Walsh.
The mural is the second artwork which the young artists have completed on this wall. They were previously commissioned to create an artwork for Dundalk’s participation in the Entente Florale. After some years, the mural had been defaced and vandalised, and it was decided to commission a new one.
“The installation of the Táin sculptures as part of the redevelopment of the Market Square this time last year made the link between Dundalk and the Táin more real. These sculptures by John Behan really bring home the link between Dundalk and the best known Celtic saga in the world. And this mural by Barry and Killian further reinforces the link”. So says County Arts Officer, Brian Harten, who along with the Engineering Section of Dundalk Town Council, commissioned the two artists to design and install the piece.
Barry and Killian have been working hand-in-hand with the Dundalk Tidy Towns committee to create artworks which make Dundalk more attractive.
The two artists have worked on commissions throughout Ireland, and have also exhibited smaller work at the Basement Gallery at the Town Hall.
Cllr Jennifer Green, Cathaoirleach, Dundalk Town Council, met with the artists at Saturday’s unveiling and thanked them for their work.
They are both graduates in visual communications.
“Dundalk Town Council has a long track record in supporting its writers, musicians, and artists, either through financial support or through commissioning work from them,” Cllr Green said. “This is a great example of young talented artists being commissioned by the local authority to create artwork which people can enjoy in the centre of Dundalk Barry and Killian are to be congratulated for giving us a new way of thinking about the Táin”.