Commuters at Pearse invited to play on permanent public piano

07 September 2017

Iarnród Éireann in conjunction with John Murphy, Piano Tuner have installed a permanent piano on the southbound platform at Pearse.

The new piano has been beautifully decorated by Waterford artist and NCAD graduate, Sarah Edmondson. Edmondson specialises in illustrations of sea creatures. The piano features an underwater scene including a giant octopus inspired by the DART’s coastal journey.

Aela, Siún & Eavan O’Sullivan from the neighbouring Royal Irish Academy of Music on Westland Row were among the first to try out the piano this morning ahead of the launch of the Academy's programme of events by Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O'Connor T.D. later today. The piano will be a permanent feature at the station and commuters are free to use it while they wait for their train.

Pearse piano

John Murphy first approached Iarnród Éireann with a proposal of installing a piano and Iarnród Éireann enthusiastically got onboard. Murphy sourced the second hand piano online and restored it in his workshop at East Wall. 

Speaking at the installation of the piano John Murphy said: “Public pianos have been introduced at train stations in London in recent years. I wanted to bring the idea to Dublin to promote music and disrupt the traditional view of the piano as an inaccessible instrument. You don't need to be a Jools Holland or a Mozart. If you can play at all you have the ability to brighten up someone’s day. Music has the power to take you anywhere you want to go"

Station Manager Pearse, Mick O’Grady said: “We are delighted to work with John Murphy to bring this piano to Pearse Station. It will be a great amenity for our customers and I’d encourage as many of them as possible to give us a tune!”

Commuters are encouraged to share pictures and videos on social media by using #pearsepiano