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Dublin Samaritans mural aims to mend the cracks

A new mural has been unveiled to highlight the work of Dublin Samaritans.

The image on the side of a house on Montague Lane, off Camden street in the city centre, is the portrait of a man with a number of cracks on his face.

Those cracks have been filled in with gold paint using the Japanese art form of “Kintsugi”.

In Kintsugi, the cracks are transformed into a beautiful feature.

It has been created by artist Joe Caslin who said the idea is to reflect the work of the charity, Dublin Samaritans, which offers a 24-hour emotional support helpline.

Describing the artwork, Mr Caslin said “the man is facing you, and is telling you he may have been broken at one point”

He said filling in those cracks with gold paint echos the work of the charity’s volunteers; “when someone is at a low point there is someone on the phone who can help you.”

The Director of Dublin Samaritans, Mary McMahon, said there is call to Samaritans’ helpline every 61 seconds, that volunteers answer more than 1,000 calls a day from people struggling to cope.

Ms McMahon appealed for volunteers, she said people only need to give three hours per week.

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