New mural unveiled at Limerick library

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

A NORTHSIDE library has been given a splash of paint, with a multi-coloured mural in its storytelling area.

A NORTHSIDE library has been given a splash of paint, with a multi-coloured mural in its storytelling area.

Staff at the Watch House Cross library in Moyross commissioned city artist Rachel McDonnell to paint a mural in the story-time area.

After three days of effort last week, the mural is now complete, and features wildlife, beside a river with reeds.

Designed to make youngsters more aware of the outdoors, the executive librarian at the Watch House Cross Patricia Cusack said it has been welcomed by families using the facility.

“It is something nice, and interesting for the kids to see a lovely nature-based wall, with animals, birds, butterflies, and other things. This is something we had intended to do since the library opened, and we have finally got around to doing it,” she told the Limerick Leader.

The playroom is very popular with parents and children, with up to 50 toddlers listening to the library’s story-time sessions which take place on Fridays.

“They are delighted at this. On Friday, the parents and toddler group will be back, so I would say they will be ecstatic by this,” Ms Cusack confirmed.

For artist Patricia McDonnell, painting the 12 by four inch mural was a departure, as she is more used to creating artistic video installations and collages.

“I was given a brief to draw a picture like this. I would not normally do nature pieces, but I saw in the brief I had to do wildlife. People seem to like it,” she said.

Fine Gael councillor Michael Hourigan, who was also in attendance, welcomed the addition to the Watch House Cross library, which opened in 2007.