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New image reflects community spirit in Bushmills

Published: Thur, 9 Aug 2018
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In attendance were representatives from Royal British Legion, Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council, BREF, NIHE, Supporting Communities NI, and artist Philip Anderson
Residents in the Dundarave housing estate in Bushmills have unveiled a new mural that commemorates those who sacrificed their lives in the First World War.
Entitled ‘Bushmills Remembers’ the new image is painted on a gable wall and replaces a paramilitary mural which had been there for more than 18 years.
The mural is the culmination of a re-imaging project which was supported by our Community Cohesion programme.
During a series of workshops, residents focused on the theme of local history, with the final design influenced by the War memorial in the Diamond in the town centre.
As well as the workshops focusing on the mural, sessions were also held with community leaders and residents to discuss community spirit, resilience and good relations.
Leanne Abernethy, Treasurer of Bushmills Residents and Environmental Forum (BREF) said:
“The unveiling of the mural reflects months of hard work and discussions between residents and we’re delighted that we now have a positive image that represents our vibrant community spirit.
“We’re grateful for the support from the Housing Executive - with their help, we’ve achieved a shared sense of ownership in our estate by respectfully exploring, celebrating and remembering our local history.  
"We hope the reimaging project has helped our residents realise the benefits of embracing tolerance, understanding and co-existence.”
The new ‘Bushmills Remembers’  mural
Mark Alexander, Manager for the Causeway region, welcomed the unveiling of the mural:
“It is wonderful to see how a renewed sense of community spirit has led to the creation of this mural in Dundarave.
"As well as acknowledging the shared history of residents, the mural will be a point of interest for anyone who visits the area.”
Eddie Breslin, Good Relations Officer, added:
“We are delighted to support the residents of Dundarave in the creation of the new mural, and the wider reimaging project, which reflects the values of our Community Cohesion programme. Involving local people in decision-making and regenerating a shared space through public art is something we always encourage.”