Lauryn Flynn’s beach mural greatly enhances Balbriggan walkway

September 2, 2017 0

The walkway along Balbriggan beach has been greatly enhanced, thanks to the artistic talents of local girl Lauryn Flynn. 15 year old Lauryn has painted a beautiful mural which captures picture postcard views of Balbriggan including the iconic harbour, martello tower, railway station and a contemporary image of a lifeguard watching over Balbriggan beach.

Following her Junior Cert exams at Loreto Secondary School, Lauryn, with great help from a group of her friends, her dad, Dave and some Tidy Towns volunteers began the transformation of the drab, graffitied walls, into a wonderful outdoor gallery.

Balbriggan Tidy Towns are thrilled with the completed mural: “We were delighted to work with Lauryn on this project. She is such an impressive young lady. Having a young person like, Lauryn, taking the initiative and contacting us with her idea made it very easy for us to support her. We are also very grateful to local business,”Country Crest”, who generously helped out with funding.”

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I’m Lauryn Flynn aged 15 and have lived in Balbriggan all my life. I’ve always been interested in art and would love to pursue it as a career. I got an opportunity to do this through Balbriggan Tidy Towns and felt it was a really good challenge.

I had many designs that I showed to Balbriggan tidy towns, which were then short-listed to four. Although I’m used to painting on paper and canvas the wall posed many new challenges for me to overcome. Such as the rough uneven surface, which made it harder to include the intricate details with standard brushes.

As well as this, the poor weather this summer caused the project to take significantly longer than initially envisaged. I powered through with the help of my friends to get it completed before the school holidays ended.

I’m proud to say that I contributed to improving the aesthetic of Balbriggan front beach and the walkway, which I hadn’t realized was such a busy thoroughfare for residents and visitors alike. I am very grateful for this project as I’ve learned so much whilst working on it. I hope there are many more to come.