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Clonard youth murals on show

Published: Thur, 1 Oct 2015
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Admiring one of the new murals in the Clonard area of west Belfast are: Geraldine McAnoy (CNDP), artist Michael Doherty, Jackie Burt (CNDP), Margaret Marley (NIHE) and Jackie McMullan (CNDP)
Springfield Road mural
Three new murals, depicting sport and traditional music figures from the local area, have been created by young people at a Belfast interface.
Young people from the Clonard area took part in the re-imaging project, which was led by Clonard Neighbourhood Development Partnership (CNDP) and funded by the Housing Executive.
Three sites near peace gates at Workman Avenue and Lanark Way have also been transformed into bright community murals.
Jackie McMullan, Community Development Officer at CNDP, said:
“We are committed to working to defuse and reduce community tension along the interface. We wanted to replace the graffiti with images that said something positive about the local community.
“One of the murals is of Clonard Monastery with Sean Maguire outside playing the pipes. He was a famous traditional musician, who was from this area. Another mural features local characters and sportsmen and women. Local people are really pleased with the results and have told me how the murals brighten up the area.”
Also, as part of the Partnership’s Re-imaging and Youth Engagement Programme, 30 young people from the area participated in a two-day residential for two days to discuss developing the murals project and the dangers of being involved in interface trouble.
The programme is aimed at developing working relationships between young people and local youth leaders in the area
Deirdre Crawford, our Cohesion Manager, said:
“Congratulations to all the young people involved in creating these wonderful murals. This project aims to develop good relations between young people and youth workers in the area. It also helps to promote a sense of belonging and pride in their community.
“As its Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week, it is important to highlight the positive work being carried out by community groups across Northern Ireland.”