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Coláiste na Trocaire Students Revive Rathkeale Landmark The Pipe

The newly revived landmark painted by Coláiste na Trocaire students located in Rathkeale

Coláiste na Trocaire Students Revive Rathkeale Landmark The Pipe

Transition Year students from Coláiste na Trocaire teamed up with Limerick Youth Service’s Rathkeale Youth Space, to one add some colour one of Rathkeale’s most famous landmarks, The Pipe. Working in partnership with Rathkeale Tidy Towns and Catherine O’Halloran from Drawout, the students turned ‘The Pipe’ into a colourful art piece that reflects the community spirit of Rathkeale.

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Coláiste na Trocaire students pictured with the Rathkeale landmark, The Pipe, prior to its redesigning


For a number of years the iconic ‘Pipe’ was painted white and often prone to graffiti but thanks to the creativity of local teenagers from Coláiste na Trocaire, it is now a vibrant piece that reflects contemporary Rathkeale  

Speaking about the artwork, which depicts two hands clasped in a handshake, Limerick Youth Service’s Mary Harty explained that it symbolises the community of Rathkeale.  She said, ‘The students choose this design as they felt it shows the community coming together,’ explained Mary, youth worker, Rathkeale Youth Space.  

‘The two hands also feature tattoos and slogans that represent the individuality of the young people and touch on issues of importance to them’ added Mary.

Located near Rathkeale Industrial Estate, ‘The Pipe’ marks the start of what is known as the Great Southern Trail, a 40KM stretch of greenway, suitable for cyclists and walkers, that links Rathkeale with North Kerry. The trail was originally part of the Great Southern Railway which linked Limerick with Tralee until it closed in 1977.  It is hoped that in the near future the track will develop and connect Rathkeale with the Wild Atlantic Way.

‘The Pipe will become an iconic start/finish point for people travelling the Great Southern Trail and in future the young people can say look on with pride knowing they created it,’ said Mary.

Reflecting on the project, Mary paid tribute to the Coláiste na Trocaire students for their commitment and dedication to the project also thanking Catherine O’Halloran, Drawout, Rathkeale Tidy Towns, Colasite na Trocaire and the team at Rathkeale Youth Space

Located in Abbey Court, Limerick Youth Service’s Rathkeale Youth Space is home to the delivery of youth work projects and programmes for West Limerick. Colaiste na Trociare is a leading second level college based in Ballywilliam, Rathkeale, that is committed to providing an environment that allows for the holistic development of students.

A member of Youth Work Ireland, Limerick Youth Service remains committed to supporting and encouraging young people to be active participants in shaping their futures.

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