I would like to nominate the Templemore Gathering Committee as the “Tipperary Star” entry for the “Get Involved” Community Project 2013 for their unique renovation of a derelict building in the town’s main street, using recycled material to reflect the premises former business activity.
The work was conducted in conjunction with the Tidy Towns Committee and received the support of all businesses, Town Council workers, and private householders.
The premises on Main Street is now particularly eye-catching – it is that of the late Jack Meagher, known as the Bicycle Man, whose business extended from 1918 until 1997.
Having received permission from the owners, the group decided to focus on the ground floor of the premises. The building was power washed and volunteers set to work on the painting. Crown Paints and Centenary Co-Op sponsored the paint and brushes.
Because of the history of the building and people’s fond memories of Jack Meagher (R.I.P), who ran a bicycle repair business for many years, the Committee decided to make a feature relating to its history on one of the windows.
Aisling Hassett, Mixed Media Artist was approached by committee members to come up with an Art Installation. The brief called on her to design a concept relating to “The Bicycle Man” Jack Meagher.
Re-cycling was an integral part to the design using old bicycle parts. Then to give the final dimension, re-cycled drink cans were made into flowers and embellishments. Bicycle chains depicting “Wheels of Time” were used to give a title to the work. The construction and installation was aided by Georgina Sweeney, artist.
The reaction so far has been extremely positive and the “Tipperary Star” is delighted to nominate this project, which reflects a community working together at its very best.
Anne O’Grady, Editor, “Tipperary Star”