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Ghostly goings on at Killowen

Published: Wed, 4 Nov 2015
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John Hagan, Housing Executive, presents Cliodhna Hughes with her prize for winner of the Best Carved Pumpkin at the Killowen Drive Halloween Bonfire.
Best carved pumpkin
Residents from Magherafelt’s Killowen Drive had a spooktacular Halloween thanks to us.
The Killowen Drive Residents’ Association was awarded a grant through our Community Cohesion Unit to fund a Halloween festival and family friendly bonfire for the local community.
There was a lively positive atmosphere with a lot of children and adults putting a great deal of effort into decorating homes, pumpkin carving and dressing up in fancy dress for the occasion. Prizes were awarded to children in fancy dress the best carved pumpkin and best decorated home.
Killowen Drive Residents’ Association member Darren Totten said:
“This is the third year the group has organised a Halloween bonfire and each year builds on the success of the previous year. We’ve received a lot of positive feedback from the community.
“This is the first time we applied to the Housing Executive for this funding and it proved a terrific boost to our Halloween plans. It helped us provide Irish stew and apple-crumble for those residents able to come out for the party but those unable to attend were not left out as stew and crumble was brought to them. It was truly a party for everyone in Killowen.
Cooking up a treat at the Killowen Drive Halloween Bonfire Night from left: Lizzie McNeill and Karina Murray of Killowen Drive Residents’ Association.
Cooking up a treat in Killowen
“The Residents’ Association looks forward to continuing to work in partnership with the Housing Executive and other funding agencies in the future.”
Meanwhile, Declan McAllister from the Housing Executive commented:
“This was a terrific Halloween event which the Housing Executive was delighted to support.  We look forward to working in the future with the Killowen Drive Residents’ Association on other initiatives.”