Call for Submissions: Railway Themed Mural at N21 Barnagh Underpass, Limerick Greenway

Limerick City and County Council are seeking proposals for a new mural on the Limerick Greenway at the N21 Barnagh Underpass, commemorating the Limerick to Tralee Railway line, on which route the Greenway follows.

Railway Themed Mural at N21 Barnagh Underpass, Limerick Greenway is now closed for submissions.

  • Barnagh Tunnel - Limerick Greenway
  • Barnagh Tunnel - Limerick Greenway

Limerick City and County Council have identified the Limerick Greenway as a priority project in West Limerick, investing in the physical upgrading of the original Great Southern Trail to full Greenway status. The development of the Greenway as a national and international tourism product is a key factor to ensuring the overall success of Limerick as a tourist destination. 

Following the old Limerick to Kerry railway line, the Greenway seamlessly links West Limerick’s towns and villages with some of the country’s most fertile pastures and historic sites.

The project investment works include improved crossing points and access, connecting the Barnagh Tunnel to the Greenway, the only rail tunnel on the line, with a new underpass (location of the new mural), the development of Barnagh and Ardagh Station Houses and the resurfacing of the 40km off-road route through the local countryside.

The route starts at Rathkeale or Abbeyfeale on the Limerick-Kerry border, and can be joined at any of the entry points located at key stops along the Greenway, allowing you to experience the Limerick Greenway in one visit, or explore in shorter stages and is perfect for day-trippers.

Along the way, visitors can walk or cycle through a Victorian Era railway tunnel, visit ancient castles and abbeys, bask in the solitude of a native forest, and meet the people that make Limerick unique.

The Limerick Greenway offers an authentic experience of rural Ireland for cyclists, runners and walkers.

Railway Themed Mural at N21 Barnagh Underpass, Limerick Greenway is now closed for submissions.

Greenway mural location

Location of Site

The location for the mural is within the N21 Barnagh Underpass, a concrete tunnel passing under the national road, linking the Greenway to the Barnagh Tunnel and Station house.

The material to be painted on is finished concrete, and the tunnel is rectangular in shape with dimension 24m long by 2.7m high by 3m wide.

The proposal is to paint both side walls and the roof of the tunnel.

There are additional wing walls, at the entrance of the tunnel, triangular in shape with a area of 40 sq. metres in total.

Design Theme of Mural

The design theme for the mural is a Historical Railway theme, paying homage to the old Limerick Railway, while incorporating the Limerick Greenway logo.

The Limerick Greenway, previously the Limerick to Tralee line, also known as the North Kerry Line. The line from Limerick to Tralee opened in 1880 and continued as a passenger service until 1963 and as a goods only service until 1977.

Along the route is the cast iron Ferguson’s Viaduct, 100-metre long Barnagh Tunnel, two Victorian Era marvels that helped level the train’s path as the line was expanded towards Kerry.

As the plains of Limerick met the mountainous area of the Sliabh Luachra on the border with Cork and Kerry. Barnagh station was an essential stop for steam locomotives to replenish their coal and water, so they could continue the journey.


The official opening of Limerick Greenway will take place on Friday 25 June 2021.

Mural must be complete and in place for the opening ceremony, preferably by Friday 18 June 2021.

Please Note: Giving the nature of the enclosed site there should be no adverse weather effects to the timeline.

Railway Themed Mural at N21 Barnagh Underpass, Limerick Greenway is now closed for submissions.

Submission Requirements

Please compile all submission requirements into a single PDF document including:

  • Expression of Interest/ Proposal
  • A detailed drawing, or mock-up of the proposed approach to the subject and the site
  • A recent CV (max 3 pages)
  • Examples of previous work, featuring experience in the delivery of large-scale murals
  • A methodology for delivery on site, personal process, timescale, production considerations
  • A detailed budget to outline artist fee, materials and Insurance
  • Associated costs relating to delivery including details of potential third-party costings for installation i.e. cherry picker hire, scaffolds election pane

Essential Requirements for each Submission


All applicants will be required to provide Limerick City and County Council with evidence of Insurance Cover to incIude: Employers’ Liability and Public Liability.  

Employers' Liability of €13,000,000 (only required if the facilitator has employees) and public liability of €6,500,000 will be required.

Tax Clearance

All applicants MUST be tax compliant. Limerick City and County Council can verify your tax clearance status through Revenue’s online facility here.

Health and Safety

All applicants MUST comply with the Safety Health & Welfare at Work Act 2005 and must comply with Limerick City and County Council Health and Safety Requirements.


Any activities undertaken as part of this production must be in line with current Covid-19 National guidelines and regulations. For more information visit

Selection Criteria

All applicants will be scored on their proposal and ranked accordingly, see score criteria below. If the artist with the highest score (highest ranked) for any reason cannot take up the contract. The contracting authority reserve the right to proceed to the next highest ranked available successful facilitator.

Being ranked is not a guarantee of any work under this competition.

Selection Criteria

Criteria Marks
A. Quality and ambition of the proposal & Understanding of Brief/ Site 50
C. Feasibility/ quality of delivery 20
D. Experience track record 20
E. Value for money 10
Total 100

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