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'Ar Scath a Cheile a Muireann a Daoine'

PROJECT NAME 'Ar Scath a Cheile a Muireann a Daoine'

DATE INSTALLED September 2016

ISSUE ADDRESSED Social Injustice & Community Support


FUNDED BY A Lust for Life & Waterford Walls

A COLLABORATION WITH Peter Grogan - Film & Photography


I have found that Waterford, like so many other places around the country, had been impacted massively by high unemployment. This has left many young people are suffering and feeling disillusioned about their potential prospects and ultimately their future in the city.


The six-storey tall and one hundred meter wide drawing overlooks the city from the entire facade of the now derelict Árd Rí Hotel. The drawing aims to challenge us to build resilience but, above all, it is a symbol of support. 

I want people to look up at this drawing and find hope.

The piece, entitled ‘Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine’ (‘we live protected under each other’s shadow’) was created for the Waterford Walls International Street Art festival in 2016. The drawing has been a constant guiding presence as it overlooks the city from high above the banks of river Suir for the past six years.



Joe Caslin - Waterford - Ard Ri Teaser from Emagine on Vimeo.