A mural of Lú on the Crown Plaza Hotel in Dundalk. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/
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An initiative by our neighbours in Dundalk has caused quite a stir in Newry as well as a substantial amount of 'Mural Envy'.

Seek Dundalk have already produced four outstanding murals in the town throughout the summer, with a fifth one underway while we speak. Perhaps the most publicised in recent times is Smug's outstanding painting of Lú on the wall of the Crown Plaza Hotel in the town, the tallest mural in Ireland. The other murals throughout the town focusing on 150 years of Railway history in Dundalk, Brigid of Faughart and St Oliver Plunket are equally stunning though.

An artists impression of a mural at McCartan's in Sugar Island. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
An artists impression of a mural at McCartan's in Sugar Island with art from artist Friz. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Meanwhile in Newry, local community group Newry 2020 have looked on in awe at what has been achieved in Dundalk, Belfast and Waterford and have expressed an interest in producing murals for Newry City. They are keen to source potential walls, obviously with permission from the owner. Planning permission is not needed for murals and there would be no cost to the premises involved. The mural would be designed with full input from the site owners.

Garry McElherron, Newry 2020 says "I was in Dundalk last week and walking past the murals and am completely envious. Obviously the local shops and premises have bought into it and given over to it. Their streets are re-imagined, they are actually eating out in the streets a lot more than we are, but the art work is definitely adding to the vibe.

"One thing about the art is that it's really really cheap to produce but it has massive impact. You can do a mural on a wall for a couple of hundred pound but you are going to be talking about it for months to come and if you do enough of them that's a great reason for people to come and look around.

What a mural could look like at McCooeys in Monaghan Street. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/
What a mural could look like at McCooeys in Monaghan Street. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/

Missing out on a tourist trick

McElherron continued "We are missing out on a tourist trick here, we are missing out on the art and culture that we already have in the town. We have some amazing culture that we can tap into and historical projects that can be put into an art context.

"We have got some amazing artists in Belfast, Dundalk and in Waterford and further afield. We need them in the town. To me that would be a major major regeneration project, an art project and really really good value."

Us lot at have taken a walk around the City and snapped a few places we think would make a good location for a mural and you can check these out below.

If you own any of these building or are in a building that you think would lend itself to a mural please contact Garry at Newry 2020 at

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    John McCabe · 13 days ago
    In fairness Columba O'Hare Lisdrumgullion Community Group have been to the fore in regards to providing murals for the Community when last year in partnership with the DEA we secured a Groot mural painted by the talented Conor McGinley. 
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    Donagh McKeown · 14 days ago
    Envy is such a useless emotion. Enjoy and get on with producing your own works. In Lurgan we have a few smaller works of art, and lets hope we can see a few more created. They enhance any area
    • This commment is unpublished. · 14 days ago
      @Donagh McKeown Absolutely Donagh. That what we are trying to ignite, a bit of a debate around getting murals done locally. Hopefully something comes from it. 
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    Sussybaka · 14 days ago


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