PHOTOS: RTE Films Students As They Explore Tralee’s History Through Art Project

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An RTE cameraman from Nationwide films Presentation student Feyi Odugbesan applying some old-style Irish writing on a painting. Photo by Dermot Crean

THE RTE cameras were in town yesterday as students from three secondary schools spoke to the ‘Nationwide’ programme about a wonderful art project which will see their paintings displayed all over Tralee.

Students from Presentation, CBS and Mercy Mounthawk were in Denny Lane to display some of the works which depict 19th century Tralee, as part of a project in collaboration with Tralee Tidy Towns and Kerry County Council. It’s envisaged the paintings will form part of a heritage trail of old Tralee.

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“When they are finished there should be around 19 paintings,” said Joe Moynihan of Tralee Tidy Towns. “The students decided what they wanted to do so it’s their project really. We hope to have an official launch for the project by the end of May.”

Presentation students Sadhbh Stack and Emma Carmody with their painting of the Jeanie Johnston and Blennerville Windmill. Feyi Odugbesan did the old style writing on the left of the painting. Photo by Dermot Crean

Among the subjects of the paintings are Edward Denny, the Georgian doorways of Denny Street, Tralee Castle (which stood near the Mall end of Denny Street) and the Jeanie Johnston. Many more are currently being worked on by the students.

“It’s a wider community and schools initiative,” said art teacher at Presentation, Lily O’Sullivan. “It’s about inviting secondary school students to give something back to the fabric of the town and the theme of old Tralee is really inspiring because it’s at the core of the art curriculum. I’m happy for them to spend time on this because it’s really benefiting them.”

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Students from all three schools have been working on the project since before Easter, with many giving their time during the Easter holidays.

“You couldn’t coax kids to do that unless they wanted to do it themselves. They are really interested in putting something lovely back into the town,” said Lily.

The ‘Nationwide’ programme will be aired sometime in May so keep an eye out for the display of amazing art from some very talented young people. Scroll down for photos…

Mercy Mounthawk students Caoimhe Moore, Iona O’Neill and Tara Lynch working on their painting of Georgian doorways. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Presentation students Casey O’Donnell, Tara Foran and Adeena Mohsin with their depiction of old and new Tralee. Photo by Dermot Crean

Byron Mulvihill of CBS The Green with his painting of Edward Denny. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Presentation students Anna Carmody, Chloe Carmody and Anna Shaughnessy with their painting of Tralee Castle which was situated on Denny Street. Photo by Dermot Crean

Tim Guiheen and Sam Locke look at a painting by Presentation students at Denny Lane. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Presentation students Tara Foran, Casey O’Donnell, Mary O’Brien of Tralee Tidy Towns, CBS students Conor Hayes, Dean Scanlon, Cathal McLoughlin and Luke Bishop and Mairead Fernane and Tim Guiheen of Tralee Tidy Towns. Photo by Dermot Crean

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