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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Could this Dublin mural be Banksy's latest work of art?

The new image, in Bansky’s distinctive style, on a mural
The new image, in Bansky’s distinctive style, on a mural

Has famous underground artist Banksy paid a visit to a Dublin community for his latest installation?

Kilbarrack community centre members who work with young people certainly think so.

The Kilbarrack Coast Community Programme (KCCP) is a youth project with support from the HSE and Department of Social Protection.

The group works with young adults with drug, alcohol and gambling addictions and provides after-school programmes for younger children.

Disappointed

However, when access to an overflow car park beside the centre was recently blocked off by a newly-installed metal fence, the children were denied a playground.

Manager and psychotherapist at KCCP, Tiernan Williams, said the young people were disappointed when they saw the fence.

"There was always an agreement that we would have access (to the playground)," Mr Williams said.

In response, young people at the centre prepared a short film entitled Kilbarrack's Ode To Banksy, which was uploaded to YouTube.

"The lads appealed to Bansky as they liked his social conscience," said Mr Williams.

Shortly after making their appeal, a new image in the distinctive style of Banksy appeared on a recent mural to commemorate the Easter Rising 100 years ago.

Nobody has claimed responsibility, but many believe it to be the work of the activist.

Mural

"We don't know if it's him but it's definitely in his style.

"Local security men (at the adjacent shopping centre) saw three guys in balaclavas the night before (it appeared)," Mr Williams said.

The new work on the mural has since been transferred inside the community centre but Mr Willams said the team had not yet decided what to do with it.

"We might put it up for sale, we're still undecided.

"It could be used to raise funds for a proper playground," he said.

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