Fantastic mosaic unveiled in Tomhaggard
Participants of the Women's Shed in Tomhaggard have showcased their inherent artistic talents with the unveiling of an intricate mosaic in the local community centre.
The piece was officially unveiled by Chairperson of Waterford & Wexford Education & Training Board (WWETB), Cllr Jim Moore, along with Cllrs Ger Carthy and Michael Roche before a large group composed of the participants, family members, friends and representatives of groups who use the hall regularly.
Cllr Moore congratulated everyone involved in creating the piece and said the Board was delighted to facilitate training and various projects in the community.
Angela Byrne, who is Chairperson of the Women's Shed thanked the WWETB for funding the project and she also thanked artist and mentor Paddy Darrigan for his work on the initiative.
Mr Darrigan was appointed to oversee the initiative which began on October 17 following discussions with WWETB.
He taught the ladies involved the basics of mosaic art and some of them then completed an individual piece of work including: Marion Pierce; Molly Roche; Betty Hanson; Deirdre Besemer; Stella Cullen; Kay O'Riordan and Pat Dunne.
In January this year the women began work on the main project and a decision was made that the piece would depict the history, culture and life of the village and surrounding areas.
It was a true community effort as the call for local people to submit old or unused tiles received a very enthusiastic response. Some of the participants began by working on individual elements of the project while others worked directly on the main focal point called the 'Tree of Life'.
A significant aspect of the design was the inclusion of symbols representing the various groups that use the hall as well as acknowledging local landmarks like the penal chapel, the Well of St Anne, the mass rock and chalice, the old church and locations like the Saltee Islands.
The cultural life of the community was depicted by symbols of music, art, and drama while nature was also represented. Such was the bond of unity formed by the participants as they worked together on the project that there were feelings of sadness, mixed with a big sense of achievement, when the mosaic was completed at the end of May.
Tomhaggard Women's Shed has been in existence for three years and at present has over 35 members. The group meets every Monday and undertakes a wide range of projects including furniture restoration, and clothing, decoupage, flower arranging, international cookery, art, jewellery and craft-making.
The group has also sourced funding for courses based around computer skills, Tai Chi and a Get Active programme in conjunction with Wexford Local Development.
The women involved in creating the mosaic included: Angela Byrne; Pauline Doyle; Eleanor Kelly; Pauline Dwyer; Breda Hayes; Carol Grey; Karen Doyle; Mairead Devereux; Trish Devereux; Kay Walsh; Theresa Burke; Patricia Bates; Grainne Dullard; Margaret Martin; Mary Byrne; Catherine Craig; Mary Doyle and Lily Dudley.
The unveiling event included the launch an art exhibition featuring works created members of Tomhaggard Watercolour Group which came about following an art demonstration by artist Maria Murphy in the Women's Shed. The exhibition was organised to coincide with the Novena.