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Ebrington’s shared history celebrated

Published: Mon, 23 Apr 2018
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Local people celebrated their shared history by creating a Battle of the Messine mural
A World War I mural has been created in an area previously blighted by grafitti in Derry~Londonderry though a community led project supported by us.
We worked with local people to create a striking image of the Battle of Messine in the Ebrington Centre car park to celebrate their shared history.
This involved holding a series of workshops, so people could get a greater understanding of how soldiers from opposing traditions across the island of Ireland came together during the First World War.
Jackie Barr from the Waterside Forum, which is behind the project, explained that this will be the first of a number of reimaging projects to take place in the area:
“Through this mural we were able to bring people together to explore their shared history and remember the contribution made by soldiers during World War 1.
L-R Kenny Blair local artist, Nigel Hagan, Jackie Barr & Murial Wallace International School for Peace Studies, & Eddie Breslin
“We would like to thank the Housing Executive for providing funding and support to transform an area that was covered in anti-social graffiti into a mural that will be enjoyed by the local community for many years to come.”
Eddie Breslin, one of our Good Relations Officers, said:
“This mural celebrates the shared history of the Ebrington community while also showcasing how they are embracing a more inclusive future.
“We will continue to support local people in regenerating the area and this mural is one of many projects taking place that will make Ebrington a better place to live for everyone.”