Ossory Youth show their artistic side

The young people of Ossory Youth have completed a new painting project to boost Kilkenny’s Tidy Towns chances, as the first round of competition judging gets underway.

The young people of Ossory Youth have completed a new painting project to boost Kilkenny’s Tidy Towns chances, as the first round of competition judging gets underway.

The group recently teamed up with Keep Kilkenny Beautiful (KKB) to add a splash of colour to the Closh area of the city, and at the same time, demonstrate their artistic talents. The project included the painting of hoardings on a derelict site located at Walkin street, to improve the environment for the residents of the area.

“Things like this are great to see – it says something for the youth,” said Sean Leahy of KKB.

“They were brilliant, and the areas around the Closh have been brightened up.”

The council has also contributed some flowers and new seats to the area, which has added to its overall appeal.

The idea initially stemmed from another similar project conceived in the Closh. Students from Loreto Kilkenny painted a large wall mural to add to the area visually. Ossory Youth had expressed an interest in doing something similar, and approached KKB.

“They submitted a design and we accepted it, ” said Mr Leahy.

“It has now come to fruition with this, and they have really brightened up the abandoned site.

The ‘You Think’ Youth group is led by Patrick Bookle. Its members have a strong interest on what is going on in Kilkenny. Their motto is ‘Think, Talk, Do’.

KKB supplied the paint and necessary supplies for the project. The voluntary organisation does not have a large budget, but Mr Leahy says projects like this are always worth supporting.

“There are other places around Kilkenny that could benefit,” he said.

“If anyone comes to us, we are more than happy to hear their ideas.

KKB is currently working extra-hard as the first round of Tidy Town judges are expected into town this week or next.

“We’re expecting them at some stage, you just have to be prepared all the time,” said Mr Leahy.

“There’ll always be a few problems from a few people, but overall, Kilkenny is looking very well at the moment.”