Art Students Keep the Faythe for George Ross
The artistic work of the 3rd Year BA Fine Art and Design students at Wexford Campus is on permanent view in the centre of Wexford, following their involvement in a community art project that was recently unveiled in the Faythe community.
The Wexford Campus students participated in a community-based learning module that saw them create a mural in honour of the famous Wexford traditional musician George Ross.
Ross, a legendary accordion player from the Faythe in Wexford, won the All-Ireland Button Accordion Championship at the Feis Ceoil in 1956, after which he embarked on a musical tour of America. He appeared on the legendary Johnny Carson Show, which broadcast coast to coast. Returning to Ireland, he made many broadcasts for Raidio Eireann and recorded four discs for HMV Dublin, including ‘The Mason’s Apron’. A musical note from the tune features in the mural. Mr. Ross died in 1994, aged 78 years.
The mural which celebrated his life was unveiled last week at a special event attended by the arts students, member of the community and Mr. Ross’s attended family. The lower end of the mural was painted by students from St. John of God school, the Faythe where those who attended the launch were treated to refreshment and traditional music afterwards. Labour party leader Brendan Howlin, TD and Cllr George Lawlor were amongst the attendees.
The mural project was funded by Wexford County Council and organised and supported by Paddy Berry of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Liam Turner, principal of the Faythe School and participants in the men’s breakfast morning at the Southend Family Resource Centre, Maudlintown.