New Ross Murals
In 2020 as part of a Wexford County Council Initiative called ‘Kickstarting New Ross’ aimed to bring positivity to New Ross town during the pandemic, New Ross Municipal District secured funding and procured the internationally renowned ‘Walls Project’ to curate a series of 5 major murals on high profile buildings in the town. With the enthusiastic buy in of the owners of the buildings, the artists arrived in town at various stages between July 2020 and the completion of the final mural in May 2021, and they were overwhelmed with the response of the people of New Ross with the interest in the murals while they were being painted and the way the artists themselves were welcomed and made feel at home with everything from tea and coffee and scones being brought to them to being brought on tours of the district!
1. Dan Leo
The ‘Fallow Fawn’ deer is on the gable end of the Hilary Murphy building on John Street. The colourful work by Dan Leo brightens up the north end of the town. Leo was inspired by the story of fallow deer which were introduced to Ireland in the Norman times (1169 AD) and currently have a population of about 10,000.
2. Holly Pereira
This mural on Deegan’s wall on South Street, was created by Holly Pereira and is called The New Ross Norman Motif. Taking inspiration from both the Ros Tapestry and the contemporaneous Bayeux Tapestry, Hollie’s mural shows how the Normans entered New Ross via the river. It also contains references to the River Barrow. The mural illustrates how the Normans implemented agricultural practices and made New Ross their home by using elements like birds and horses, plus flowers and greenery.
“Rearing to Go” A striking image of a 3D horse rising up from the gable end of JD North’s – by AchesDub, took social media by storm, amassing a viewership of over 3.5 Million
Artist Case McClaim from Germany’s mural depicting Isobel de Clare who with her husband William Marshall founded New Ross, on the Quay in New Ross opposite the Dunbrody Famine Ship. She is holding the church to her heart as her heart is reputed to be buried in the church.
5. Nina Valkoff
Nina’s wall mural was the final in the pentalogy of murals. It is by Dutch artist Nina Valkhoff who created a fantastic image of a Norman warrior woman and her horse towering 50ft high.
Funding from Fáilte Ireland and Wexford County Council allowed New Ross Municipal District to bring the lane ways of New Ross back to life.
Norman inspired murals by Curtis Hylton, Friz and Magda Karol, all international artists commissioned through the Walls Project, along with locally crafted bespoke archways and lighting, all brought Conduit Lane and Back lane back to life.
Continuing the Norman theme, crests of 32 local Norman families were added to Cooke’s lane by Wexford artist James Stafford. These crests will soon be complimented by matching flags on O’ Hanrahan Bridge.
Sugar House Lane
The bright colours of the newly painted buildings in Sugar house lane, lend the Wow factor to the street as you round the corner!