Tralee folk artist Mike O’Donnell is angry after a mural he painted for the movie Joyride was painted over.
he mural – of a greyhound running at full speed – appeared in the opening credits of Joyride, a film shot in Tralee and the county which stars award-winning actress Olivia Coleman.
The mural was located in an alley in Upper Castle Street. Mr O’Donnell said he brought a friend who wanted to see the mural on Saturday to make the disappointing find.
“There is absolutely no trace left. Why would anyone want to do that?” he said.
Mr O’Donnell described the decision as showing no respect for local art, culture, heritage and people.
“Why isn’t Kerry County Council’s Arts Office championing the arts?” After all, it is National Culture Week, but it was allowed,” he said.
“It shows a total disregard for the arts and the surroundings of Tralee which were featured in the film. It would have been more respectful if it were ordinary graffiti. The Taliban wouldn’t see it,” he said. he declares.
Mr O’Donnell explained how the people of Tralee, in general, are very creative in all sorts of ways, from painting, singing, dancing, acting, poetry, cooking, photography and storytelling. For this reason, Mike thinks Tralee is a better place.
“It allows people to come out of themselves and express themselves. None of these things are easy and require years and years of work and crucial support and encouragement from those around us. I don’t think anyone should be allowed to put an artist down or destroy their work,” he said.