Ballyvoy set to get public art

MANY towns and villages in County Antrim feature eye-catching and imaginative pieces of permanent public artwork and now Ballyvoy is set to have its very own.

Carnanmore Community Group is one of six groups to have secured funding and participation on the North East PEACE III Moyle Community Cohesion Project.

The project will enable the village of Ballyvoy to showcase their history, culture and identity in a positive and creative way by displaying a piece of artwork that will leave a legacy in the village.

Moyle Community Cohesion Project is supported by Moyle District Council’s Good Relations Strategy and funded under the European Union’s PEACE III Programme managed on behalf of the Special EU Programmes Body by the North East PEACE III Partnership.

Carnanmore Community Group, which takes its name from a hill to the south east of Ballyvoy, represents the Carey area which has a rich tapestry of history, traditions and legends. It is these traditions that will inspire the group to produce an enviable piece of artwork for Ballyvoy village.

A representative from Carey, said: “We want everyone in Carey to be part of this project, both young and old. Over the next few months we want local people to help us build a picture of village life, past and present. We would like to have access to poetry, historical stories, maps, information about landmarks, old photographs, documents, letters, postcards, manuscripts, books, autographs and any other historical artefacts. With permission this information will be recorded in a range of different formats so that it may be shared and enjoyed across the community.”

If you have anything that may be of interest you can bring it along to Carey Hall on Tuesday 10th July at 7.30pm where the items will be logged and safely returned to you.

Guest speaker Jon Marshall, the well-known local lecturer, author, archaeologist, broadcaster on history and archaeology, will give a fully illustrated talk in Archaeology and History with additional time for questions. The talk will include the Stone Ages, The Bronze Age, The Celtic Iron Age, The Early Christian Era, The Normans, The Medieval and the Plantation of Ulster. Where possible, these periods will all be illustrated with sites from the Carey area.

Please show your support for Carnanmore Community Group and help to provide a means of passing knowledge of the area onto future generations.

If you would like any further information on the Moyle Community Cohesion Project, please contact Mary Hegarty of the Carnanmore Community Group on 028 2076 2831 or contact Katherine Workman at Moyle District Council 028 2076 2225 or email: kworkman@moyle-council.org