Monkstown mural steams ahead

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Sharon Crooks Housing Executive Area Manager, Mark Cooper Monkstown Community Association, Vivian Robinson Hollybank School Governor, Tia and Alicia Hollybank Primary School, Artist Dee Craig, Acting Principal Lynsey Brett with pupils Faith and Jasmine, and John Read, Housing Executive Good Relations Officer, at the new mural in Monkstown.

Monkstown Community Association was delighted to officially launch a new mural in Monkstown today, with funding from the Housing Executive.

Monkstown Community Association was delighted to officially launch a new mural in Monkstown today, with funding from the Housing Executive.

Our Community Cohesion team has been working with Monkstown Community Association to remove unwelcoming images in the community and replace them with meaningful images that people can relate to and be proud of.

Monkstown Historical Group worked with children from Hollybank Primary School, who enjoyed finding out about the history of Monkstown.  The children had one hour learning sessions on where they live and their heritage, and with the help of local artist Dee Craig, the mural of the Portrush Flyer at the viaduct was produced.

The new mural has been well received within the local community and people are pleased to see old images being replaced by local history that everyone can relate to.

Vice Chair of Monkstown Community Association, Mark Cooper, was at the launch.  He said:

“This is the start of small steps being taken within the Monkstown estate to create a more community friendly and positive area.  A very important part of this project for us was to involve our young people, and this has worked really well.

“We would like to thank the Housing Executive’s Cohesion team for all their help and support throughout this process.”

Our Area Manager for Antrim and Newtownabbey, Sharon Crooks was also at the launch. She said:

“This is a great project the local community has embraced, involving all the generations in the area.  It has enhanced the neighbourhood and made Monkstown a more welcoming area.

“We’re pleased the whole community has played a part in creating a historical mural, and we will continue to encourage and support local residents as much as possible.”

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