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The utility box painted over with an Echo Boy on the South Mall.Picture: Eddie O'Hare
The utility box painted over with an Echo Boy on the South Mall.Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Echo Boy as a Maori sets tongues wagging

Less ‘Echoooo’, more ‘Nau Mai’ - the Echo Boy is giving New Zealanders a ‘friendly’ welcome on the South Mall.

This paper’s legendary seller has been reimagined as a Maori in the middle of a Haka as part of a series welcoming other cultures to Cork.

Painted by Joust Graphics, in collaboration with the People’s Republic of Cork, the artwork is one of a series on junction boxes around the city offering individual welcomes to various nationalities.

The People’s Republic couldn’t resist a cheeky dig at the IRFU and Dublin rugby when describing the mural on their forum.

“We thought they might coming for the Rugby World Cup in 2023 but the Dubs, Leo and Drico are after making a bags of it. Still though, we send enough Corkonians out there that we ought to welcome any Kiwis here with open arms.” 

Nau Mai means 'welcome' in Maori.

Elsewhere, a hurley-wielding Alf Stewart welcomes Australians and John Caulfield gets a hug from Péle as he says ‘Bem-Vindo a Cork’ to Brazilian visitors.

Folk from Iceland, Boston, Scotland and Wales also get their own greeting.