Crowds flock to Buncrana exhibition

Eight years-old Euan O'Brien of Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana pictured beside some of the artwork he provided for the Anti Bullying Exhibition at The Exchange on Saturday afternoon. DER4814MC111

Eight years-old Euan O'Brien of Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana pictured beside some of the artwork he provided for the Anti Bullying Exhibition at The Exchange on Saturday afternoon. DER4814MC111

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Over 400 people attended an anti-bullying exhibition which took place in Inishowen over the weekend.

The event was the first of its kind in the locality and huge numbers streamed through the doors of The Exchange in Buncrana for the event.

Over Friday and Satirday, they viewed 249 pieces of art submitted by children and adults from America, Galway, Derry, Letterkenny, Carndonagh, Clonmany, Manorcunningham, Ballyliffin and Buncrana.

Organiser Bernie Doherty told the ‘Journal’ the idea for the exhibition came about during the course of an anti-bullying workshop where the children created posters.

She said: “I thought they were so beautiful, that an exhibition of similarly-themed work would be a great opportunity for more children and adults to share their view of bullying and how it effects them.

“I had a lot of help from Patricia Barber who kindly volunteered to help with the event, and from my family and everyone at The Exchange.”

She said they now hope to run the event annually.

Bernie added: “We had some amazing reactions to the art, with lots of people sharing their stories of bullying, some more than 50 years old.

“We were delighted to welcome local school groups, families, visiting tourists and many of our artists. We also had visits from some of our local representatives including Minister Joe McHugh and Vice Chairperson of the Donegal County Council, Councillor Nicholas Crossan, who were very impressed by all the art and what it represented.

Thanking everyone who attended, Bernie issued a special thanks to the students, children and adults who took the time to share their art “and hopefully help everyone around them understand bullying a little better.”