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Eye-catching youth sporting mural unveiled in Ardoyne

Published: Tue, 9 Jan 2018
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Seán Breen (left), Ardoyne Youth Enterprise Youth Engagement Coordinator, joins our Community Cohesion Officer Amanda Ashe, artist Michael Doherty and Ardoyne Youth Enterprise Communications Officer Catherine Couvert at the new mural in Havana Court in Ardoyne.
Ardoyne Mural
Ardoyne Youth Enterprise has unveiled an eye-catching new mural at a graffiti hotspot in the area, with support from us.
Celebrating sporting and entertainment achievements by young people from Ardoyne, the new mural at Havana Court was painted by north Belfast artist Michael Doherty.
Boxers, Hurlers, Irish Dancers, Martial Artists, Soccer players and even a DJ are included on the mural, which also features crests from local youth and sports clubs.
Almost £5,000 was provided by us to bring the mural to life, which included support for engagement activities with local youths.
The young people helped create the design and are involved in painting fences and building grow boxes around the mural, which is part of a wider youth work and community regeneration project by Ardoyne Youth Enterprise and YeHA (Youth, Education, Health, Advice), a local mentoring project.
Seán Breen, Youth Engagement Officer with Ardoyne Youth Enterprise, said:
“Our thanks go to the Housing Executive for helping fund this mural project – the result is stunning and a great testament to our local sporting heroes.
“It comes as part of a broader clean-up of the Havana Court and Havana Way area and this wall was a magnet for graffiti.
“This new mural provides a vision of positivity for the area and some of those young people depicted in the mural helped to create it.”
Our Area Manager for North Belfast, Malachy McKinney, said:
“We were delighted to provide support for this excellent project and we wish Ardoyne Youth Enterprise well with their efforts in regenerating the area.
“It is clear a lot of effort went into this new mural and those depicted can be very proud of their achievements.”