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Thursday, 28th March, 2019 9:09am

Leeside commuters will be tinkling the ivories when a new permanent piano is unveiled in Kent Station tomorrow.

Marking World Piano Day, the colourful instrument will provide visitors to the station with a free musical outlet to lighten up their commutes.

Launched by Iarnród Éireann, the initiative has already seen four permanent pianos installed at different stations around the country including Heuston Station in Dublin and Plunkett Station in Waterford.

The man behind the idea, Dublin-based piano tuner John Murphy, told the Cork Independent that he had adopted the idea from similar schemes he had seen in the UK and proposed it to Iarnród Éireann who he said were “more than happy and more than willing to do everything to facilitate it”.

“I lived in London for three years and they (the pianos) pop up there quite a bit. I felt very passionate about bringing it to Ireland. I wanted to inject a bit of energy and a bit of life and get people back thinking about acoustic pianos,” he said.

To mark the occasion, Cork pianist Dylan Howe will perform at the official unveiling which takes place at 11am tomorrow morning, Friday 29 March.

The UK-made Bentley piano was designed by artist Gary Reddin who told the Cork Independent that he wanted to “hone in” on the piano’s location and try to think of something that had a “significance in Cork”.

Mr Reddin said: “Eventually I came to the notion that the piano is sitting in a train station and the idea of it calling out to somebody, but in a Cork accent. So it says ‘Come ‘ere to me boy’ as though the piano is actually calling you over.

“I wanted to make it quite colourful so it will hopefully stand out in the day to day greyness of the traditional commute,” he added.

Mr Reddin, who is based in Sligo and started his artistic career in Denmark, has produced numerous commissioned art pieces for a range of clients including President Michael D Higgins and Penguin Books.

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