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Cultural identity examined by Hospital Road

Published: Tue, 24 Nov 2015
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Pictured with young people from the Hospital Road are our Good Relations Officer, Marilyn Giboney, and Gordon Spratt, Hospital Road Community Group Chair.
Omagh Hospital Road Group
Local residents from the Hospital Road area of Omagh recently visited Schomberg House in Belfast as part of their participation in a cultural awareness project.
The visit to the Museum of Orange Heritage on Belfast’s Cregagh Road is part of Hospital Road’s participation in an initiative led by us on promoting cultural diversity.
Residents of Hospital Road, together with members of the local pipe band, visited the centre to explore the history and development of the Orange Lodge in Ireland. It was an opportunity for the group to broaden their knowledge of the Lodge’s context in Northern Ireland and beyond.
Group Chair, Gordon Spratt, said:
“We were keen for as many people from Hospital Road as possible to participate in this event. It also proved inter-generational as a wide range of ages joined for a day which has been a great support to the cultural diversity work we are doing in the area.
“The feedback from those attending was resoundingly positive – everyone found out something new during the visit. I’d like to thank the Housing Executive for their support of our work.”
Our Good Relations Officer for the Omagh area, Marilyn Giboney, accompanied the group. She explained:
“Putting good relations at the heart of housing is important to the Housing Executive. We have found that through examining cultural identity a more positive contribution to sustainable shared living can be made.”