City’s memories stored for the future

Group putting items into the time capsule before it was placed in a sealed chamber at Ebrington Square. Included, from left, are Gerry Temple, Michael and Ellen Harkin, Kieran Doyle, SIAC, and Aideen McGinley, Chief Executive, Ilex, and Niamh McCullagh. (2802BM10
Group putting items into the time capsule before it was placed in a sealed chamber at Ebrington Square. Included, from left, are Gerry Temple, Michael and Ellen Harkin, Kieran Doyle, SIAC, and Aideen McGinley, Chief Executive, Ilex, and Niamh McCullagh. (2802BM10

To mark the opening of Ebrington Square on Valentine’s Day, Ilex, the urban regeneration company has placed a time capsule at the city’s new public space.

Ilex invited the public to suggest items to place in the time capsule to represent the city in 2012. From these suggestions a copy of the One Plan, a CD with images of the city, press cuttings of key events, maps of the city, a collage of memories from our young people, a copy of the Voices DVD and a card to the people in 2112 were placed in the capsule.

Aideen McGinley, Ilex’s Chief Executive explained: “We have made significant progress over the past three years with a clear sense from the One Plan of our future going forward. The opening of Ebrington Square provided the unique opportunity to engage the public in identifying what represents our city in this place and at this time. It will provide a fascinating glimpse of life to the next generation, some of whom have already been born”.

Kieran Doyle, Regional Director of SIAC (NI) Ltd said: “SIAC is delighted to have worked on this prestigious project which will provide a focal point for the City of Culture celebrations and become a lasting legacy for the City. It has been a welcome boost to our ongoing operations and expansion in Northern Ireland”.

Ebrington Square was opened by the First Minister and deputy First Minister on 14th February this year and offers a state-of-the-art multi purpose venue space.