Cork father and son duo lifting community spirits by repainting local landmarks

Cork father and son duo lifting community spirits by repainting local landmarks
Conor McLoughlin hard at work repainting a local water pump in Donoughmore.

A father and son duo have been putting in trojan effort over the past few weeks bringing some cheer to their community by repainting some local landmarks within 2km of their home in Donoughmore.

Brian McLoughlin and his 12-year-old son Conor have been keeping busy whilst in lockdown, giving a fresh coat of paint to some spots in their vicinity. 

The dream team first tackled a bridge close to where they live, giving it a new lease of life with some red paint. 

A local bridge was the first project Conor and his dad undertook.
A local bridge was the first project Conor and his dad undertook.

After seeing the positive effects of their work, Brian and Conor decided to keep going and freshen up a few more spots close to home. 

Brian, who is the second-generation owner of McLoughlin & Son Decorators based in Ballincollig, said their efforts have been well received by the community. "Locally we got great recognition after we painted the bridge, so we’ve been tipping away ever since. 

"We have limited supplies because my office is in Ballincollig which is obviously too far away to travel to, but we've been doing what we can with what we have. 

"We had a gallon of weathershield donated to us which was great," he said.

Conor McLoughlin hard at work.
Conor McLoughlin hard at work.

After painting the bridge, Brian and Conor tackled a water pump three minutes away from their house, which took four days of work to repaint.

"A postmistress delivering post to our door told me that what we’ve been doing has given a great lift to the community. 

"She asked us to paint another water pump nearby so that was our next project," Brian told The Echo

Following that, Brian and Conor repainted the gates of an old famine cemetery. 

The pair are currently finishing off painting one final water pump, before diverting their efforts elsewhere. 

"We have one day left on our current project and I think we can get back to painting my own house then," Brian laughed. 

Conor McLoughlin repainting the gates of an old famine cemetery.
Conor McLoughlin repainting the gates of an old famine cemetery.

"It’s been great to spend the time together and good for the mental health aspect of things to have something to focus on whilst in lockdown," he continued. 

Lauding his young apprentice, Brian said that whilst his son is "costing him a fortune in chocolate" he has put in excellent work. 

"He’s enjoyed it and he’s very willing to help in fairness to him. He's got a great work ethic."

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