By Sean Moriarty
Brand new bright colourful murals have suddenly appeared in town – immortalising some of Killarney’s most-famous sons and daughters.
The giant mural was painted on the exterior walls of Dan Lenihan’s Bar on College Street, depicting Hollywood actors Michael Fassbender and Jessie Buckley, Kerry footballer James O’Donoghue, Cheltenham Gold Cup winning jockey and trainer Jim Culloty and the late Dan Linehan, founder of the eponymous pub.James O’Donoghue is a grandson of Dan Linehan. The opposite gable features a colourful impression of Killarney with a deer and mountains.
The mural was commissioned by Dan’s granddaughter Siobhan Linehan who now runs the pub.
“I have an interest in street art – the colour, vibrancy, creativity,” Siobhan said.
“Two years ago I started trawling Instagram for Irish artists whose work I admired in the hope we could collaborate to brighten up Linehan’s Lane. Padraig Treacy popped into the pub last year before the Tidy Town judges came around marking and suggested we paint our laneway to tidy it up. I imagined that something bigger and bolder than a lick of paint would probably go down well and be welcomed from a Killarney Looking Good perspective.”
Siobhan commissioned Dublin-based Cork artist, Garreth Joyce, better known for his street murals in the capital, who in turn recruited portrait specialist Rachelle O’Donohoe to turn her vision into a reality.
“When he agreed to take on the project I had a vague idea of one wall being an identity parade of notable Irish hero’s and legends and the other showcasing scenic spots of Kerry,” added Siobhan. “Garreth came up with ‘Killarney’ as the Hollywood hills idea which prompted me to think that our Irish legends should perhaps be more localised and from Killarney. Garreth and Rachelle were a joy to work with and their delivery has exceeded my expectations. I’m delighted how it has turned out and hope it pleases everyone who passes by brightening up their day a little.”