The second mural covered in this series, thanks in part to Covid-19 restrictions, is to be found on Anglesea Street in Cork City. It depicts a hurler, a player of the game of ‘hurling’, a game proclaimed as the “fastest game on grass”. It is an ancient gaelic team sport played with hurleys (sticks that are as dangerous as hockey sticks but just a bit bigger), a similar sized hard ball and goal posts that can only be described as a morphing of rugby posts and soccer goals.
At the moment Limerick hold the All-Ireland Championship but for so long Kilkenny were the county to beat. Cork is going through a bit of turmoil at the moment, though would be one of the few counties to have ambitions at winning both the Hurling and Men’s Gaelic Football Championships. Whatever the code, the gaelic matches always provide a splash of colour, shirts of red and flags of red and white in the case of Cork.
The mural is fabulous in that it provides colour as well as capturing the intensity and all action aspect of the sport. There is, however, one thing that might not go down so well on Leeside; the artist ACHES hails from Dublin.
The vertical image above should give some idea of scale with a pedestrian seen at the foot of the image. Just focusing on the lower half of the mural somehow increases the sense of scale:
And let’s face it, The Hound is a big dog.
The following image should further help to provide perspective and an idea of the mural’s location at the junction of Anglesea Street and South Terrace in Cork City. Personally I love the splash of colour that the mural provides.
Further work from ACHES can be seen on his website; when the Covid-19 limitations are weakened I’d like to see the Dolores O’Riordan tribute in Limerick.