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Limerick’s laneways show hopes of city’s young people

Sorcha Cremin, Evan Kelly, Ed Hannon, John Real, Gavin Farrell with their art work in  Post Office Lane [Picture: Michael Cowhey]

Sorcha Cremin, Evan Kelly, Ed Hannon, John Real, Gavin Farrell with their art work in Post Office Lane [Picture: Michael Cowhey]

 

TWO of Limerick’s famous lanes have been turned into a contemporary urban garden thanks to a street art project by young people from Limerick Youth Service.

Post Office and Theatre Lanes are now awash with hanging baskets and street art under an initiative by a group of young people who wanted to showcase the best of Limerick’s youth culture.

Explaining the inspiration behind the urban garden, Limerick Youth Service’s John Real, said: “Sadly the lanes had become dilapidated and some young people expressed an interest in brightening them up as part of a youth cultural project that would include entry into the Going for Gold Initiative.”

The young people, who hail from across Limerick, painted the side wall of Limerick Youth Service (Post Office Lane) and hung floral baskets - made from empty plastic bottles!

They also wrote messages of what they like about Limerick, what they would like to see in the city and what they wanted to be when they grow old, with one young person writing ‘Respected.’

The entrance to Theatre Lane is now home to a piece of street art, while the back of the building formerly known as Smyth’s, has a distinctly Limerick take of ‘hands across the world.’

“We worked with young people and volunteers from Abundant Life on the Smyth’s walls while the rest was a Limerick Youth Service project for the Going for Gold initiative,” said Sorcha Cremin, Limerick Youth Service.

She thanked the volunteers from Abundant Life for their support and praised the talent of the young people.

The youth group behind the Street Art /Urban Garden Project is Limerick Youth Service’s Samhains Like Us group.

The group was formed earlier this year as several young people wanted to be creators of culture and not participants.

Samhains Like Us set themselves a goal to run five events that would celebrate the diversity of youth culture in Limerick.

“The street art/urban garden project is a great example of just how talented our young people are,’ said Mr Real who encouraged Limerick people to stop by the laneways to see the artwork. September will see Samhains Like Us run a ‘Band on the Run’ gig and a YouthFest in partnership with Music Generation and Limerick Comhairle na nÓg respectively.

 

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