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Waterford Walls is an international street art festival started by The Walls Project that transforms Waterford City into an open-air gallery. Waterford Walls invites over 50 artists again in 2018 to transform our city walls, continuing to make Waterford an essential cultural attraction and International go to street art destination. Mark your calendar with the dates: August 17th – 26th 2018 to witness the magic happen again in Year 4 of this exciting and unique project.

Edel Tobin

Sponsorship, Founder & Project Manager

Edel Tobin is founder and project manager with Waterford Walls Project, which is one of many ideas in how to re-imagine public spaces. In 2014, she was founded New Street Gardens, a pop up garden built on a derelict site in the city. In 2017, she launches Patterns of Light-a lighting display along the Quay in Waterford.

Louise Flynn


Louise Flynn is a visual artist who works in the city. She has curated many mural projects and artwork for festivals and exhibitions. She was recently invited to create a mural for Wynwood Embassy in Miami. It is this experience which drives her passion to see this art form transform the city and capture the imagination of the community, as artists and people work together. Waterford is going to join the list of great international cities that celebrate street art!!

Sarah Jane Hanton

Visual Media & Event MGMT

Sarah Jane Hanton. Dreamer & doer has be up to all sorts of shinnagins in business and arts for over a decade. She's having a laugh and enjoying herself. She loves Waterford alot and is proud be be part of the team adding joy to the City one splash of colour at a time.

Pippa Halley

PR and Communications Manager

Pippa Halley is a proud Waterford native, passionate about being involved in re-energising the city through Waterford Walls. The project is right up her street, given it combines art and the outdoors. Pippa loves all things creative and has a background in PR, Marketing and event management. She will oversee communications in conjunction with the committee and sponsors.

Emma Loughney

Digital Marketing and Sponsorship

Emma Loughney has been a Communications Manager in the Arts and Education sectors for over 8 years, and is fascinated by art forms old and new. Her MA Thesis explored artist rejuvenation of vacant spaces and her paper on this topic was published in the VAI’s Visual Artists Newsheet. Emma joined the Waterford Walls team in its founding year, working on social media strategy and output. She is now on the Board of Directors. You can watch Emma’s TEDx Talk about Waterford Walls here

Lisa Fitzgerald

Business Communications

Lisa Fitzgerald is married to Phil and is mum to Poppy (5) and Finn (2). She is involved in a number of Waterford businesses including Carter‘s Chocolate Cafe, No. 9 Barronstrand St. and The Salon @ George’s Court. Lisa is also part of the Waterford Chamber of Commerce. A proud Waterford native, Lisa loves working on projects that highlight the city’s diversity and attract visitors to sample the offerings of this wonderful county.

Anna Jordan

Festival Administration

Anna Jordan Anna is a local playwright, spoken word artist, writing facilitator, Shine Discovery volunteer, activist, mother of three, publicans daughter and founder of the literature movement that is #Modwords and #Modwordsfest. Her passion for all that is art has her honoured to be a part of the Waterford Walls team. Anna has been a part of the Waterford Walls team since 2016.

Gabe McGuinness

Assistant Project Manager

Gabe McGuinness is a creative soul and long term graffiti/ street art junkie. Gabe has a background in Arts & Event Management and Social Media with a particular interest in festivals, which makes Waterford Walls the perfect project for him. His thesis on the role of street art in the making of a Creative City fuels his excitement for Waterford Walls and is a driver for his involvement with the festival.

Lizzie Lawlor

Marketing and Assistant Project Manager

Lover of colour, hater of hills, Lizzie recently graduated with a first in Marketing with Advertising and Online Media from WIT. She has been involved in marketing in Waterford for the last 3 years and was invited to help with Waterford Walls based on her involvement in other projects in the city. Lizzie is involved in many areas of the project, including marketing strategy and implementation, social media planning. and project managing.

Neill Mac Cann

Graphic Designer

Neill Mac Cann is a Waterford born Graphic Designer. Having spent over a decide living abroad, he returned to his native land and worked on several other arts projects in the city before joining the Waterford Walls crew. Neill has always been an advocate of the positive influence art & design can have on the people who live among it every day and Waterford Walls is at the forefront of bringing street art and design to the proud people of Waterford City.

Natalie Cooke


Natalie Garland-Cooke runs her own award-winning Business Development & Process Consultancy and loves her hometown, Waterford. Among her clients are artists, actors and musicians through to SME and corporate companies. Natalie is proud to be the newest member of the Waterford Walls team, (having always been a big fan of the project and festival) and is facilitating Sponsorship & Business queries along with Lizzie.

Jessica Hayne

Visual Communications Designer

Jess is a qualified Visual Communications Designer from WIT who majors in Illustration and loves anything that includes skulls, crowns and dogs! Since graduating, Jess has expanded her love of art into her own self-made brand, Majesty, which took an unexpected turn of becoming known for her dog pet portraits! Now she is bringing that love of art to Waterford Walls HQ with an enthusiastic, fresh mind and a desire to make Waterford the most cultural and colourful place to live!

Shaun Whelan

Waterford Walls Music Programming and Fundraising

Shaun has DJ’d and ran events in Waterford and Ireland for over 20 years, most notably as part of Yachtrock and Fade to Grey. His monthly podcast series has been running since 2012. His eclectic taste in music fits perfectly with ethos of Waterford Walls. He has worked on the 2017 festival as well as contributing to the soundtrack for the inaugural Waterford Lights, another festival event brought by the Walls team.


Waterford Walls Captain

Ned has chaired countless meetings integral to the development of Waterford Walls Festival. Ned is now taking on new clients for 2018, canine and human, he makes no distinction. For any advice on event management issues Ned can now be contacted at Waterfordwalls.ie.