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Decoration In Dunmore East

A fisheries-themed mural has been painted on the wall of the SFPA Port Office in Dunmore East harbour.

Fifth Year Ardscoil na Mara Tramore student, Sarah Rogers, designed the winning entry in an art competition to recognise and celebrate the region’s deep ties with the fishing industry, which the SFPA ran with the assistance of Waterford Walls. Students between 13-19 years of age in second-level schools and Youthreach centres in Waterford were eligible to enter. Waterford Walls artist Magda Karol brought the design to life on the wall, with the assistance of Sarah who picked up the basics of working with spray paint while working alongside the artist and who, with her teacher, Emily Campbell, attended the unveiling ceremony in Dunmore East this week.

“We are delighted to see this colourful mural which perfectly encapsulates the SFPA’s vision for Ireland’s marine resources,” said Nigel Ducker, SFPA Senior Port Officer in Dunmore East. “Sarah’s message is a reminder of the importance of protecting our resources for future generations, as well as adding some colour to the harbour in Dunmore East.”

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