Newtownards estate celebrates Superbike World Champion Jonathan Rea

Mural of Jonathan Rea on the side of house.
Mural of superbike champion Jonathan Rea was unveiled in Newtownards.

West Winds Social and Cultural Institution (WWSCI) launched a new mural in the community, thanks to funding from the Housing Executive.

The Housing Executive’s Community Cohesion team has worked closely with representatives from the WWSCI for the last 12 months to create the mural which features Superbike world champion Jonathan Rea – an inspiration to young people across Northern Ireland.

The mural was officially unveiled by Jodie McCaughey, a local young woman who suffered a serious accident while competing in a Motocross competition. Jodie’s determination is an inspiration to all. To find out more about Jodie’s story please visit:

Darren Gibson, Chairperson for the WWSCI was at the launch:

“West Winds estate suffers from high levels of division within the community, so this is the start of small steps being taken to create a more community friendly and positive area.

“We would like to congratulate Jonathan on securing his fifth straight World Superbike championship at the weekend, a true inspiration to community.

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

Owen Brady, the Housing Executive’s Ards and North Down Area Manager, said:  

"We are delighted to be able to unveil the mural in recognition of the achievements of Jonathan Rea, a sporting hero for many in Northern Ireland and now the winner of the last 5 World Superbike championships.

“The artwork, completed by local artist Noel Morrison (Rocky’s Art), is incredible and has received a large amount of positive feedback from the local residents.

“The West Winds estate is an extremely vibrant Community and we wanted to highlight Jonathan as an inspiration to all young people that with hard work their dreams can become a reality.

“We really hope that Jonathan likes the mural and that we might see him one day soon coming to have a look for himself.

“Following Jonathan’s win this weekend, we had to update the mural today, adding 2019 to the list of world titles."

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