Waterside teens create mural for interface

PEACE WALLS. . . .Young people from Tullyally and Curryneirin Estates pictured at Ebrington Square on Tuesday night with their Peace Walls mural. The wall was funded by IFI and run by St. Columb's Park House. On left are Kirstein Arbuckle, Project Co-Ordinator, Geraldine McKinney, Curryneirin Community Association, Julia Kee, Tullyally Community Partnership, Gary McClean, Outreah Worker, Tullyally/Curryneirin, Marie Melaugh, Curryneirin Community Association and Paddy Maguire, Youth Worker. DER0315MC028
PEACE WALLS. . . .Young people from Tullyally and Curryneirin Estates pictured at Ebrington Square on Tuesday night with their Peace Walls mural. The wall was funded by IFI and run by St. Columb's Park House. On left are Kirstein Arbuckle, Project Co-Ordinator, Geraldine McKinney, Curryneirin Community Association, Julia Kee, Tullyally Community Partnership, Gary McClean, Outreah Worker, Tullyally/Curryneirin, Marie Melaugh, Curryneirin Community Association and Paddy Maguire, Youth Worker. DER0315MC028

Young Protestant and Catholics from a Derry interface area have come together to create a joint mural which will sit between their estates.

The teenagers from Curryneirin and Tullyally in the Waterside were brought together through the Peace Walls Programme to create the 8-ft high and 36-ft long structure.

The mural features the names of the young people written in large, brightly coloured text against a background which includes a symbolic image of bricks being dismantled and a sunrise.

The panelled mural is now on display at Ebrington Square, after being launched this week. Outreach Worker Gary McClean said that in the coming weeks it will be placed between the two estates, as a symbol of how cross-community collaboration is possible.

Mr McClean said: “The idea was to talk to them about divisions across the two areas, and they have been coming together and getting to know each other, with the emphasis towards building better relationships.”

The youths have also become involved in making a short documentary on the significance of their estates during the Siege of Derry, while the setting up of a ‘Youth Forum’ is now being advanced.

The project is a partnership between St. Columb’s Park House - IFI-funded Peace Walls Programme, Tullyally Community Partnership, Curryneirin Community Association and Londonderry YMCA Out Reach Youth Service. The £1690 mural was funded by the Housing Executive.