Ennis has created such a lasting impression with some Vocational Training Opportunity Scheme (VTOS) students, that they have decided to etch their take on the town’s architecture on a massive mural.
Predominantly of buildings, the mural takes the form of a journey across the town, starting at the courthouse and finishing at the Cathedral, taking in along the way such places as Bindon Street and the Market.
Measuring 40ft in length and 9ft in height, the mural was completed by adult students from the Ennis VTOS programme, mainly as a summer project over two four-week periods in June 2008 and June 2009.
The students who study with VTOS are all adults who have returned to full-time education. They aim to improve their general education and equip themselves with knowledge, skills and certification to help them find employment or go on to further study.
Students who participated in the project are Nicola Dunne, Jessie O’Neill, Brian Queally, Mary Glynn, Helen Vaughan, Tina Dunne, Valerie Corbett, Fiona Greene, Anne Dunne, Barbara O’Connell, Fliss Quarterman, Zhanna Yushchenko, Danielle Lambert, Eddie O’Neill, Kay Manning, Deborah Mythen, Pauline Kilmartin, Kathy Hanrahan, Marie Lyons, Risikat Saidi, Raymond O’Loughlin, Colette Dinan, Carmel Dolan and Martin Talty.
Other parts of the mural were completed by the tutor in charge of the project, Andrew Newland, by passing visitors and by caretaker, Michael Considine.
The mural will be launched by Dr Seán Conlan, education officer with County Clare VEC on Friday, February 5 following the formal presentation of FETAC certificates at 3pm at the Adult Education Centre, Clonroad Business Park, Ennis by national VTOS co-ordinator, Helen Keogh.
The main subject areas covered in the course were business studies, community care, art, craft and design, graphic design and general studies.