The Presentation Convent Athenry is the first school to benefit from the Arts Council murals scheme.

Introducing children to the visual arts and providing an explosion of welcome colour to formerly drab walls in the process, the new Arts Council scheme for murals in primary schools across the country was launched today at the Presentation Convent Primary School in Athenry. 

Over one hundred pupils worked with artists Dervil Jordan and Helen O'Donovan over a period of eight weeks, which Colm Ó Briain Arts Council Director describes as 

This strikingly colourful kaleidoscope of ideas and images

Every school in Ireland is eligible to apply for the murals scheme, and the young people will be in the driving seat, says Arts Council Education Officer Adrian Munnelly, 

It's important to remember that the children do the mural, not the artist.

Athenry's history and the lifestyle of the surrounding hinterland have been captured in the mural, and the young artists who contributed to it thoroughly enjoyed themselves,  

We thought the hunt would be lovely and colourful for it...

It’s a welcome addition to the school, and teachers didn’t mind the mess that was created while the mural was being painted. They’re delighted that the children took the project to their hearts says Sister Kevin of the Presentation Order,  

They had a very good time planning it out, and then as it evolved they were very interested in it.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 27 February 1981. The reporter is Jim Fahy.