The Kells Panels were officially unveiled to the public on St. Patrick’s Day. The Kells Panels are the result of months of work by the students of Kells Youthreach and local artist, Patrick Morris.
The response from the crowd of approximately 200 people was genuinely enthusiastic and positive. Attendees included TD Helen McEntee, Councillor Sarah Reilly, Councillor Sean Drew, Kells Chamber President Bill Sweeny, LMETB Adult Education Officer Liz Lavery, and other representatives of local community groups.
The crowd was addressed by a number of speakers including Kells Youthreach Coordinator, Louise Cole, who thanked the students of Kells Youthreach who contributed to the project, especially students Carmel Beatty and Tyrone Ward. Cole also recognized artist Patrick Morris, not only for his artistic vision, but for being a fantastic role model and teacher as well. The last speaker of the day was Councillor Sarah Reilly, who acknowledged the other groups in Kells who are currently contributing to the community regeneration effort, especially the drive for a new playground.
Pictured above: Tyrone Ward, Patrick Jarratt, Carmel Beatty, Patrick Morris, Louise Cole, Sarah Reilly, Helen McEntee, Sean Drew, and Liz Lavery.