Auditions take place to find the model for a new bronze sculpture of a teenage girl seated on a horse to be erected in Ballymun as part of the regeneration of the area.
The 22 hopefuls auditioned at the Kill International Equestrian Centre in County Kildare where they were photographed on horseback by the artist John Byrne whose views his sculpture as
A monument to the youth of Ballymun.
Two of the auditioning teenagers Saoirse Ross and Danielle Mahon explain what being selected as the model means to them, although Danielle has some reservations.
I’d be scarlet if I got picked because it's just outside me block.
Eventually, 17 years old Toni Marie Shields is chosen from the selection process and she will travel to the London Metropolitan University where she will be 3D scanned for a mould for the sculpture. It is hoped the statue will be unveiled in Ballymun in the summer of 2007.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 2 October 2006. The reporter is Paddy MacKenna.