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In Pictures: Beautiful mosaic installed on the wall of popular Laois amenity

Laois County Council engaged a mosaic artist, Aidan Byrne of Make Mosaic to devise and facilitate a unique mosaic piece with young people in Portlaoise to discourage inappropriate use of graffiti on public spaces.

The resultant piece has been installed on the exterior of the building at Portlaoise Leisure Centre and those who created it believe the message reflected in the work can translate to all who see it.

The artist worked with transition year students from Dunamaise College and their Art Teacher, Deirdre Doolin, one class of which is taught through Irish.

The artist held an initial consultation with students and got an overview of current issues with graffiti.

A mosaic design was drawn up and a programme of works was planned that facilitated the artist returning for several sessions to demonstrate skills and to check on progress.

The art teacher was also able to progress the work between visits.

The students did brilliant work and they thoroughly enjoyed it and engaged really well.

They were delighted to be included in the design process and have their ideas represented.

A spokesperson for Laois County Council thanked those who took part in the project.

They said: “The finished product is a collaboration of all the parties and is beautifully finished and a credit to all involved.

“It is a lovely addition to the newly painted exterior of the Portlaoise Leisure Centre.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.