New murals embrace Ireland’s mythological past

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A mural of the Salmon of Knowledge and the story of Fionn MacCumhaill by local artist Ciaran Dunlevy, part of the Drawda urban art trail (Niall Carson/PA)
A mural of the Salmon of Knowledge and the story of Fionn MacCumhaill by local artist Ciaran Dunlevy, part of the Drawda urban art trail (Niall Carson/PA)

Large murals are popping up all over Drogheda as part of a new public urban art trail.

The trail, which will also include an audio tour, features the murals on buildings across the Co Louth town, showcasing some of the famous Irish myths and legends of the region.

The multidisciplinary public arts programme, Drawda, has been produced by Droichead Arts Centre and Love Drogheda Bid (Business Improvement District), in partnership with Louth County Council Arts Office.

A mural of Salmon of Knowledge and the story of Fionn MacCumhaill by local artist Ciarán Dunlevy as part of DRAWDA Urban Art Trail features six large scale murals across Drogheda depicting myths and legends of the region, along with an audio tour. See Droichead.com or LoveDrogheda.ie for more information. Picture date: Saturday April 30, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story IRISH Murals . Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
A mural of Salmon of Knowledge and the story of Fionn MacCumhaill by local artist Ciarán Dunlevy as part of DRAWDA Urban Art Trail features six large scale murals across Drogheda depicting myths and legends of the region, along with an audio tour. See Droichead.com or LoveDrogheda.ie for more information. Picture date: Saturday April 30, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story IRISH Murals . Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The project has been curated by artists Dee Walsh and Brian Hegarty.

At the heart of Drawda will be an urban art trail of six outdoor murals throughout the town by local, national and international artists, including the Salmon of Knowledge and the story of Fionn MacCumhaill by local artist Ciaran Dunlevy on the Fitzwilliam Court building in Dyer Street.

Other murals will include Etain, the heroine of Tochmarc Etaine, by Dutch artist Nina Valkhoff, in Meat Market Lane, and Boann, Goddess of the Boyne, by Spanish artist Lula Goce, in Abbey Lane.

A mural of Dagda, Leader of the Tuatha Dé Danann by french artist Russ as part of DRAWDA Urban Art Trail features six large scale murals across Drogheda depicting myths and legends of the region, along with an audio tour. See Droichead.com or LoveDrogheda.ie for more information. Picture date: Saturday April 30, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story IRISH Murals . Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
A mural of Dagda, Leader of the Tuatha Dé Danann by french artist Russ as part of DRAWDA Urban Art Trail features six large scale murals across Drogheda depicting myths and legends of the region, along with an audio tour. See Droichead.com or LoveDrogheda.ie for more information. Picture date: Saturday April 30, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story IRISH Murals . Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Other works will be The Morrigan, Goddess of War, by Northern Ireland artist Friz, in Bolton Street, Dagda, leader of the Tuatha De Danann, by French artist Russ, in Lawrence Street, and Amergin, leader and bard of the Milesians, by French artist Aero, on Drogheda’s port wall.

Drawda will include an outreach programme with students from 19 schools and second level education organisations across the area taking part.

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