Image Credit – Neil O’Dwyer
Tipperary man Neil O’Dwyer has been left speechless at the positive reaction to a mural he created at The Junction Gastrobar and Guesthouse at Limerick Junction. The mural depicts Ireland’s legendary jockey Rachael Blackmore and celebrates her achievements in being the first (and only) woman to win the Aintree Grand National in it’s 184-year-old history. Rachel Blackmore is a native of Killenaule and the Tipperary connection was all the sweeter as she achieved this historic and unique sporting feat in 2021 on ‘Minella Times’ – owned by the Nallen family owner/operators of the Minella Hotel in Clonmel. An image of the mural on social media has attracted 19,000 reactions.
The location for the mural is ideal as the Junction Gastrobar and Guesthouse is located directly opposite the Tipperary Racecourse which has plans with An Bord Pleanála to deliver an All Weather Racetrack so the mural will be seen by thousands of racing fans in the coming years.
Mr O’Dwyer has been creating murals – both indoors and outdoors for almost 40 years. He also creates limited edition prints of his work for those seeking a smaller scale creation – full details are available on his website murals.ie. Mr O’Dwyer’s current project is a mural in Tipperary Town that pays tribute to the CJ Kickham band. The mural on James Street is expected to be completed by May 18th.
Image Credit Catherine Fogarty