Clahane has helped to formulate conversations all across the country in recent months due to the eye-catching success of the Shore Wall Art project.

By Sarah Clarke

The Shore Wall Art project, beginning in May of this year is a display of painted rocks found in Clahane. Stretching to about 200m, there are over 1000 pieces featured. The Clare Echo spoke to Ann Vaughan, founder of the Wall Shore Project about how the project began and how much it grew.

Ann initiated this project during lockdown. “I’d said I would paint a few stones and put them down along the shore”. Although at the time the 2km restrictions were in place, Ann’s neighbours had a positive reaction to the paintings. She then decided to put a few notices up so more people could gain interest and participate in the project. “I wanted people to do it just to encourage people just to take their minds off of COVID-19 and the lockdown”.

Although the first to contribute to the project were children, it grew and encapsulated people of all ages. “I heard of an 87 year old woman from the local nursing home who painted her rock and got a taxi out to the wall and to actually place her stone down there. That kind of thing is all I want to see”.

Local reaction to the Wall Shore Project has been very positive with the exposure on social media leading to more contributions. “People got to know about it that way and that just encouraged people to put stuff up.” The paintings didn’t only gain attention from people living in Clare but all around the country. “It was like a carnival atmosphere down there all through the summer. Of course the staycations, local families of Ireland are just brilliant and the kids were putting stuff up all summer long”.

Luka Bloom also showcased the scenery to a wider audience as it featured in the music video for his single ‘The Beauty of Everyday Things’.

Ann noted that there have been some drawbacks with rocks stolen and storms taking other decorations. “It’s sad to see some beautiful stones being taken and some mothers were almost in tears to me. They had sat down around the table and done about 13 stones, one lady told me. They put them up the night before and I met her the next day and she said about five of them had gone”.

She is hopeful for the future of the project. “I’d like to see it continue. I’ve been very encouraged by the response I have gotten myself from it. So my vision is that it will just continue to encourage people. It’s something anyone can do”.

Related News

le24 pat burke 1
Four in a row aided by quality canvass of Burke tea-party
sicap galway 1-2
Contracts signed for €9m SICAP in Galway
le24 election count timmy dooley liam grant 1
Green Grant says politics & campaigning was 'so mentally tough'
le24 tony o'brien 1
'Dialogue & honey' key to a progressive Council - O'Brien
Latest News
ennis golf club
Sutton's captain's prize to the ladies played for in Ennis
sicap galway 1-2
Contracts signed for €9m SICAP in Galway
le24 election count timmy dooley liam grant 1
Green Grant says politics & campaigning was 'so mentally tough'
le24 tony o'brien 1
'Dialogue & honey' key to a progressive Council - O'Brien
garda checkpoint clare
Distraught driver heard say 'why didn't I hit the fox?' at crash which claimed grand-mother's life
Premium
le24 election count timmy dooley liam grant 1
Green Grant says politics & campaigning was 'so mentally tough'
le24 tony o'brien 1
'Dialogue & honey' key to a progressive Council - O'Brien
garda checkpoint clare
Distraught driver heard say 'why didn't I hit the fox?' at crash which claimed grand-mother's life
ruairi keenan 1
'I've a taste for the blood now' - Clare's youngest candidate Keenan commits to running again
le24 election david griffin 1
'In certain parts of Newmarket-on-Fergus people wouldn't have known me in November' admits poll-topper David Griffin

Subscribe for just €3 per month

If you’re here, you care about County Clare. So do we. Did you rely on us for Covid-19 updates, follow our election coverage, or visit The Clare Echo every week for breaking news and sport? The Clare Echo invests in local journalism and we want to safeguard its future in our county. By becoming a subscriber you are supporting what we do, will receive access to all our premium articles and a better experience, while helping us improve our offering to you. Subscribe to clareecho.ie and get the first six months for just €3 a month (less than 75c per week), and thereafter €8 per month. Cancel anytime, limited time offer. T&Cs Apply. www.clareecho.ie.

Subscribe for just €3 per month

If you’re here, you care about County Clare. So do we. Did you rely on us for Covid-19 updates, follow our election coverage, or visit The Clare Echo every week for breaking news and sport? The Clare Echo invests in local journalism and we want to safeguard its future in our county. By becoming a subscriber you are supporting what we do, will receive access to all our premium articles and a better experience, while helping us improve our offering to you. Subscribe to clareecho.ie and get the first six months for just €3 a month (less than 75c per week), and thereafter €8 per month. Cancel anytime, limited time offer. T&Cs Apply. www.clareecho.ie.

Scroll to Top