Anti Litter Hero Gets Mayor’s Stamp of Approval

To mark the National Spring Clean and efforts of volunteers across the county, two special murals were created during April to serve as reminders that all litter pickers are super heroes in their own right. Mayor Cllr Joe Malone visited the finished mural at the Fr. McGrath Centre in Kilkenny City last Thursday which was painted under the supervision of the "Down To Earth" company with the assistance of local volunteers. The mural depicts an anti-litter superhero and sets a reminder to bin our litter and respect the area we live in. Karin Todd, Children and Youth Services Manager in the Fr. McGrath Family Resource Centre commented "We were delighted for the children to have been given the opportunity to work with "Down to Earth" on this project. The mural is a fabulous splash of colour for the public playground and has a really positive and important message. We have to thank Kilkenny County Council and Enable Ireland for their partnership on this project; it would not have been possible without their support. Enable Ireland kindly agreed for us to use their property for the mural and it's been great to have the opportunity to share the process with our neighbours. Importantly some children from their service were also involved in the painting and it's great to see the results; this public space is more child-friendly and the mural promotes environmental protection."

Mayor Cllr Joe Malone popped by the Newpark Family Resource Centre to see the artists in action on Saturday; he was delighted at the progress the art team were making, with the mural taking centre stage opposite the Centre's main door. Cllr Malone commented " the National Spring Clean this year is phenomenal, over 100 groups have registered so far with An Taisce to complete clean-ups and the Council is committed to extending the initiative locally and assisting as many as possible between now and the summer. These murals will have a lasting impression on everyone in the community and are a credit to all the youngsters who contributed to making their local area brighter with these marvellous art displays".

The murals were co-funded by Kilkenny County Council's Environment Section, through the anti-litter and anti-graffiti grant and the Council's Community and Enterprise Section's Estate Management grants. Community groups or centres who would be interested in completing a mural creation of their own should contact the Environmental Awareness Officer as there will be the Anti-Litter & Anti-Graffiti Awareness Community Initiatives Grant 2016 advertised in the coming months which could provide funding for murals like the ones created this month in Kilkenny City.

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