Exhibition at Ceannt Station amplifies voice of neurodivergent teen artist

Mary O'Connor with her newly unveiled art.

Mary O'Connor with her newly unveiled art.

The newly unveiled collection at Ceannt Station is the work of teenage artist, Mary O’Connor, a 6th year student of Holy Rosary College, Mountbellew.

Described as a ‘talented and creative student who is neurodivergent’, Mary expresses her emotions and feelings through her art, resulting in beautiful and poignant pieces. Mary’s talent has enabled her to communicate with others through her art, and highlights the diversity of neurodivergent people and the power of creativity.

The showcasing exhibition is the result of the Comprehensive Employment Strategy 2015 - 2024 transition pilot, led by Business in the Community Ireland. The pilot aims to improve access, opportunities and participation of people with disabilities in Irish society.

This exhibition has been coordinated through the work of Business In The Community Ireland, who are working with the pilot schools to support the career readiness of students through guest speakers, workshops, CV preparation, interview skills, site visits and work experiences.

Speaking at the launch, the Iarnród Éireann customer experience manager for the Galway Region, Derrick Curran said, “We are not all the same and through recognising that – we can embrace and come together within our differences and all shine together. Mary allows us into her mind with this portrayal of her art.

At Iarnród Éireann are delighted to showcase Mary’s amazing talents. It has given Mary a voice, but also showcases to our customers the positive contribution that neurodivergent people can make to our community.”

 

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