Joe’s mural draws attention to new-look Square
The mural, created by talented Roscommon artist Joe Caslin, was the brainchild of Roscommon Chamber of Commerce and depicts elements of the county’s crest.
ETL proprietor, Rita Oates, says Joe Caslin’s recent artworks in Roscommon town are a celebration of the county.
“There was the oak tree which is down near the castle and this mural has the sheep which is a symbol of new beginnings and Roscommon’s link with the land. Joe used lambs because he wanted to represent all the Roscommon people who had left and are coming home and who cherish home. The third section will feature Queen Maebh,” she said.
“I love art and I have my own art here in the shop of course. This is a celebration of Roscommon art and another renowned local artist Úna Burke has kindly given us some of her pieces to display in the window here too”.
Rita said it was wonderful to see successful artists returning to the county, adding that the new-look Square was a fantastic opportunity for the town.
“I really feel it’s a great opportunity with the new street works. You can see it (mural) when walking up through the town and I think the County Council has done so much to enhance the centre of the town. Roscommon has beautiful buildings including the castle, the Bank of Ireland, the museum, Gleeson’s, and ourselves, and this is giving people a chance to see that,” she said.
“The new space is giving people a chance to link up with Roscommon Castle and the park. Families can sit in the Square for food and then go down to the park and the castle and playground…it’s just opening up the whole town”.