The picture of peace

By Amy Lewis

Published 26/11/2016 | 00:00

At the unveiling of the mural: Noirin Cummins of Wexford County Council; Leslie Jones, Grantstown Day Care Centre; Mairead Stafford; Mayor of Wexford, Frank Staples; and Nicola Howlin.
At the unveiling of the mural: Noirin Cummins of Wexford County Council; Leslie Jones, Grantstown Day Care Centre; Mairead Stafford; Mayor of Wexford, Frank Staples; and Nicola Howlin.

A moment of peace was shared by residents at Grantstown Daycare Centre as they unveiled their new ceramic mural in their garden.

Entitled 'Peace Within', the mural reflects the thoughts and feelings of the 25 residents and day patients who collaborated with artist Mairead Stafford to create the piece. After six weeks in the making, their dreamlike ceramic mural and accompanying poem were shown off to the masses.

'Everything about the mural was decided through talking and collaboration,' explained Manager Lesley Jones. 'On the day it was unveiled, people from across the community from the age of 4 right up to the age of 90 could see something in the mural that meant something to them.'

The mural was unveiled by Mayor of Wexford Cllr Frank Staples, while students from Danescastle National School welcomed the visitors with some music.

The mural was created by artist Mairead Stafford of Ballyellend Pottery in Castlebridge following her selection as part of the Wexford County Council Artist in the Community Scheme. Through this scheme, Wexford County Council provides 50 per cent matched funding up to a maximum of €3,000 for a project.

The day patients and residents also got stuck in to the project by writing a poem, carving out letters and making bowls, vases and other personal projects.

The poem within the mural was written by one of the service users. It reads:

Just come in and take a pew, rest those weary old bones,

Today the sun sits high in the sky as it travels on it's way,

It just seems to stop and linger for more than a minute or two and in the second it stands still.

There is no bird song or the black crow's rasping call,

It's as if every creature under heaven in under the garden's magic spell.

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