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Joe Caslin says yes

New marriage equality mural from the Roscommon artist

Joe Caslin's new mural in Co Galway. Photo: Dave Sexton

Tue, May 19, 2015, 15:36


A few weeks ago, there was a lot of buzz around a new work from Joe Caslin. He’s the Roscommon-born artist responsible for the fantastic Our Nation’s Sons murals which appeared on city walls all over the country last year (OTR piece on the series here).

In the run-up to the marriage equality referendum on Friday, Caslin put up a giant mural on a wall at the junction of Dublin’s South Great Georges Street and Dame Street, a piece featuring two lads embracing and based on Frederic William Burton’s The Meeting on the Turret Stairs painting.

Now comes a companion for that Dublin piece in the shape of a mural of two lasses on the side of Caherkinmonwee Castle near Craughwell in Co Galway. The mural appeared on the wall of the castle over the weekend and again, it’s inspired by Burton’s painting.

For more on Caslin’s marriage referendum work, have a look at these photo essays published by The Locals on the Dublin and Galway projects. You can also check out my Banter podcast interview with Caslin about his life, work and motivation here.