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Shared history project in Lurgan breathes new life into Kilwilke

At the recent unveiling of the Historical Information Panel in the Kilwilke area of North Lurgan marking the end of a shared history project, local community representatives joined the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s Peace IV project officers and facilitators from BEAM Creative Network.

A shared history community project in Kilwilke, Lurgan has breathed new life into the area, thanks to funding from Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s Peace IV programme.

North Lurgan Community Association worked with a range of local groups in North Lurgan and wider Lurgan area to deliver a programme of engagement events and sessions as part of the Peace IV programme, under the theme of Shared Spaces and Services, which aims to create a more cohesive society.

The sessions explored local history, folklore, heritage and culture, and led to the development of visual artwork and information panels telling the history of the local area and promoting a better understanding of its shared history.

All the information gathered went on a Historical Information Panel installation to reflect the group’s research and work.

The panel takes pride of place at the junction of Lake Road and the railway line in an area that has recently undergone environmental improvements thanks to the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

Grace Girvan from BEAM Creative Network, Colin Baker, NIHE and Nicola Mahood, Peace IV Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council at the closing event for the North Lurgan community project where a Historical Information Panel was unveiled.

The project was funded by the Peace IV programme, a cross-border initiative, financed through the European Union and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Peace IV has been designed to support peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland.

In addition to supporting peace and reconciliation, the Programme also contributes to the promotion of social and economic stability, in particular through actions to promote cohesion between communities.

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