Balbriggan Youth Service & Irish Rail Graffiti ProjectOctober 7, 2015 ADMIN 0
Balbriggan Youth Service and Irish Rail worked in partnership to produce a graffiti masterpiece over the bridge in Balbriggan Harbour. The bridge was highlighted as an eyesore by Irish Rail who contacted Cllr Tony Murphy to discuss the issue. Balbriggan Youth Service was delighted to be invited to lead out with the project.
After discussing the idea with the young people they agreed to use graffiti boards to enhance the bridge. Irish rail kindly organised the boards and the project got underway. Young people from Balbriggan Youth Service spent several weeks planning, designing and spraying boards under the guidance of Foróige staff and a graffiti artist. The young people were delighted to assist and improve the aesthetics of the area. Cian Walsh who participated in the project said “it took over 4 weeks to complete but it was fun. We hope to do more projects like this one. It’s better to do graffiti legally rather than illegally so you don’t get in trouble”
The work has not gone unnoticed and feedback from locals is extremely positive about the project and the role it’s played in enhancing the bridge and the town.
The roller coaster doesn’t end there and next up for the group is The Foróige National Citizenship Awards in the RDS on October 24th. The group will be officially recognised for the great work carried out with over 200 community related projects around the country.
Well done to all young people who participated in the project, special thanks to Cllr Tony Murphy who initiated and developed the idea, Dominic Buckley,Joy Murray from Irish Rail and to Andy Neary and Gary Harding from Balbriggan Youth service.
This project would not have been possible without the support of Fingal County Council who financed the project. Balbriggan Youth Service’s CUIS project would like to sincerely thank Fingal County Council for their support.