New traffic-light control box art takes the biscuit!

By Mary Dennehy

TALLAGHT’s newest Dublin Canvas creation pays sweet tribute to the area’s history, and the many memories that locals hold of working in Jacob’s biscuit factory.

From Firhouse, artist Jessica Hayes’ design was inspired by her grandad, who worked in Jacob’s for years.

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Jacob’s old-style van

Jessica’s grandad first worked for Jacob’s on Bishop Street, where he met his wife, before moving out to the Belgard Road in Tallaght – which became the biscuit factory’s new home in the seventies.

Jessica told The Echo that she made a framed print of the design last year for her grandad’s 80th birthday, and this April decided to submit the colourful creation to the Dublin Canvas project.

“When I heard that Dublin Canvas was doing a call-out I thought it would be nice to have the design where the factory used to be,” Jessica said.

“At first, when I got it, I was just delighted to be involved [in Dublin Canvas]. However, it has become much more than that now . . . it’s much more important.

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Kimberley, Mikado and Coconut Creams

“The amount of people I spoke with while I was painting the box has shown me just how important Jacob’s was to a lot of people in Tallaght.”

A design student in TU Dublin – Grangegorman campus, Jessica has adorned her creation with only the “best” biscuits – Kimberly, Mikado and Coconut Creams.

There’s also an old-school Jacob’s van included in the art piece, which brightens up the traffic-light control box that lies across the road from where the factory once stood, and where the smell of baking biscuits once filled the air.

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Jessica Hayes works on Nana’s Church

After 10 days transforming the Belgard Road box, Jessica has now set her sights on Greenhills – where she is currently painting Nana’s Church. This community-based artwork focuses on her nana’s local church, the landmark Church of the Holy Spirit.

Jacob’s closed its door on the Belgard Road in 2008, with the site now owned by online retail giant Amazon, which is building a new data centre.

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