Funds sought to restore iconic mural

Funds sought to restore iconic mural

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Photo: Bernard Dilger

Efforts are underway to raise funds to restore an iconic mural in Ennis town that was recently vandalised.

Eva Mena, an artist from Bilbao in Northern Spain, paints amazing murals around the world. In 2012 she came to Ennis to take part in the Ennis Street Festival to create a beautiful mural at Barrack Street. 

Since then, Eva Mena’s Mural has become a very important symbolic icon to the town of Ennis. This modern, dynamic and attractive street art work has rejuvenated the town of Ennis, and has become a tourist attractions in our town, every day locals and tourists go through Barrack Street to get their picture taken with Eva Mena’s Mural. 

Anita Dinamita Ana Bella is the Co-ordinator of the Ennis Street Arts Festival, and she invited Eva Mena to Ennis to create this piece of art. 

Ana Bella said: “Last month, we discovered that somebody had vandalised this mural, it provoked a general disappointment with the locals, this beautiful mural belongs to the people of Ennis and we all know that these works add something special to the town. After listening to so many people expressing upset with this unfortunate incident.”

“The Ennis Street Arts Festival decided to create a fundraiser event to raise money to restore not only Eva Mena’s Art Work, but also some of the Wall Candy Art Works done around the town during the Ennis Street Festival in 2010.

It would be fantastic for the whole town to see these beautiful art works returned to their original state; stunning, vibrant and beautiful, for that reason we need to raise €3,000 to cover the international, national and local artists’ fees and materials with the aim of restoring the street art work in Ennis,” she added.

Cllr Mary Howard who is a supporter of the Ennis Street Arts Festival since its inception expressed her disappointment at this wanton act of destruction.

“Why would someone do this to such a beautiful piece of art? This is an act of a coward and I am so disappointed that this has happened. Ana Bella put a huge amount of time and energy into getting Eva Mena to visit Ennis and create this stunning piece of work”.

Ana Bella is asking the people from Ennis, we need your help to repair and restore those wonderful art murals that add so much colour and life to our streets, please visit www.gofundme.com and help to restore some of the wonderful street art murals in our town, even €5, €10, every penny helps and Thanks You to everyone that has already donated to this cause.

For donations please visit: www.gofundme.com/restoring-the-street-art-work

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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