Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Volunteers from different community groups in Ballina had a busy Bank Holiday weekend as they armed themselves with ladders, buckets of paint and paintbrushes and set out to transform a row of derelict buildings along Pearse Street on Saturday morning. Around 40 local volunteers got together with the aim of brightening up six vacant properties to make Ballina a more attractive place for residents and visitors.

The before and after photos tell the whole story of the incredible effort and planning that went into the work.

Before

Nearly there…

And…after!

The transformation of Pearse Street has been one of many projects taken on board by the community as of late, with the portrait of Jack Charlton the most recent artistic addition to the Ballina townscapes. One of the groups behind the work, Ballina Community Clean Up, said they have more ideas coming down the line.

“We have been bowled over by your support and appetite for artistic works. We shall be popping up some more all over soon with emphasis on colours and historical figures. Keep your eyes peeled.”

Ballina Community Clean up members painting houses on lower Pearse Street Ballina. L-R: Philip McCafferty, Elaine Ruane, Conor Langan, Anne-Marie Flynn, Derek Leonard, Martin Devaney, Fred Queenan, Tony Forde, Martin Leonard and David O’Malley (absent from picture). Picture: John O’Grady.

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