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    Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020
    Deirdre Breen’s art on Wandesford Quay. Credit: Clare Keogh

    Injecting colour and life into a city during lockdown has been an ongoing project in Cork. Seven of Ireland’s most renowned street artists were invited to create works at key city-centre locations in response to a theme inspired by the 1920 Burning of Cork. Cork City Council, Creative Ireland and Fáilte Ireland set out to present street art in a safe outdoor space and at social distance in a project called Ardú – Irish for ‘Rise’. Cork City rose from the ashes 100 years ago and faces a challenge to rise again now. The artists involved are Deirdre Breen (Wandesford Quay); MASER (Kino, Washington St.); James Early (Henry St.); Peter Martin (Kyle St.); Shane O’Driscoll (Harley St.); Aches (Anglesea St.) and Garreth Joyce (Liberty St.). The response to the new artworks has been phenomenal and a new website,, will be live from this weekend.

    Shane O’Driscoll’s work on Harley St. Credit: Clare Keogh