A mural has been unveiled in Letterkenny, Co Donegal to show solidarity with the people of Ukraine.

The painting by street artist Ciarán Dunlevy was displayed for the first time at a vigil, organised by the local community, this evening.

The mural was inspired by a report in the New York Times, he said, which showed people in Ukraine taking up arms to defend their nation.

Mr Dunlevy said the artwork is a "declaration of our support for the Ukranian people".

"It is an honouring of their exceptional courage, strength, humanity and power. We want them to know that the Irish people stand with them in solidarity and love."

The local artist's previous work includes a depiction of legendary warrior, Fionn Mac Cumhaill, which can be seen in Drogheda, Co Louth.

He said this piece reflects the courage that he sees in the eyes of the Ukrainian people.

"When I saw a report by the New York Times showing ordinary civilians lining up to defend their country, I was struck by the sheer courage and determination of the Ukranian people," Mr Dunlevy said.

"The last mural I painted was of Ireland's great mythical hero Fionn Mac Cumhaill. Fionn’s warriorship was one of integrity, truth, courage and love.

"Fionn and the Fianna were fierce protectors of their tribe. This is what I saw in the faces of the Ukranian people.

"This new mural depicts the face of one of these people; a young Ukranian civilian-warrior named Zakhar Nechypor who has the power and protection of their sovereignty Goddess Berehynia emanating through him."

Activist and poet Laura Murphy said she was inspired to ask local artist Mr Dunlevy to create the mural after seeing the faces of Ukrainian civilians since the war began.

"Their faces beam with sadness, but also with great courage and strength," she said.

Ms Murphy explained how quickly the piece became a reality.

"We had the idea on Saturday night, by Sunday we had a wall, by Monday we had materials and equipment and by today it will be finished," she said.