A project in Dublin's Sheriff Street has created 'The No Cow' an artwork that rejects drink, drugs and crime.
The Sheriff Street youngsters joined forces to create an exhibit that says no to drugs, drink, weapons and other issues of local concern.
Keeping the local kids out of trouble on this street is what the After School Education Support Project is all about.
Coordinator of the project Celine Howard describes the success of the project by instilling a sense of confidence in these young people.
We do personal awareness, personal development, self-awareness, health promotion, drug awareness.
Pop star Andrea Corr attended the launch and has been actively involved in helping these young people through the use of drama which serves to highlight the issues they face.
Membership of the After School Project has risen from five people in 1999 to 105 today. Charlene Preston and Nicola Byrne describe their experiences of the project and what they have learnt.
The 'No Cow' project, sponsored by the Docklands Development Authority, highlights problems faced by families in the area. Made up of strongly voiced 'No' symbols including No Drugs, No Drink, No Guns, it will go on display beside the River Liffey.
More than seventy cows were placed on the streets of Dublin and Dundalk as part of the Bailey's Cow Parade, which was an international cultural art exhibition.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 24 July 2003. The reporter is Anthony Murnane.