A New Mural Is Beginning To Take Shape On Abbey Street

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The mural beginning to take shape on Abbey Street.

MANY of you who have passed Dominick Street or the Abbey car park might have noticed a bit of painting going on over the past few days.

A new mural, some 20 metres long by 10 metres high, on the theme of the Rose of Tralee, is slowly revealing itself in Abbey Street just off The Square.

The project is the idea of Ken Tobin, joint founder of HQ Tralee, the co-working and business centre, and the design is by Ballyfinnane artist, Gabriel Galwey.

Gabriel assisted by Donal Tobin from Ballyroe, began work on Saturday and hope to have it completed by next weekend, a few days before the start of the 59th International Rose of Tralee Festival.

The mural focusses on the original Rose of Tralee, Mary O’Connor, and her fiancé William Pembroke Mulchinock, who penned the famous ballad in her honour.

The project is sponsored by HQ, Abbey Inn, Cearnóg and Croí Restaurant and will give this high profile area between the The Square and Abbey Car Park a  lift.

Donal Tobin and Gabriel Galwey at the mural.

The mural is on the west facing wall of Croí Restaurant and it is planned to give the adjoining property, the now vacant Lynch’s House, a facelift as well.

Among the early admirers was Cllr. Norma Foley, Mayor of Tralee, who said it would complement the improvements works taking place nearby in The Mall.

Tralee Town Centre is undergoing a major transformation by the Council at present with the multi-million euro upgrading of The Mall, Bridge Street and Denny Street.

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