Factory Wall & Eastway Roundabout
Published: Mon, 11 Sep 2017
Factory Wall and Eastway Roundabout officially opened by Creggan Community
Artists and participants joined representatives from local clubs, community organisations, schools and youth programmes in celebrating the official opening of the Gateway to Creggan reimaging project, delivered by Creggan Enterprises with the support of the Housing Executive.
The entire 220m Eastway / Factory wall was refurbished and reimaged with the creative output of a number of individuals and organisations, including the pupils of St Joseph's Boys' School and St Cecilia's College. Other organisations involved in the project included: Creggan Enterprises' Unheard Voices and Lifehack Projects; Rath Mor 50+ Club, SureStart Edenballymore, Guildhall Press, Hive studios, UV Arts and a number of other community groups.
Additionally the roundabout at the top of Eastway, which was once overgrown and neglected, was reimaged completely - with a new centre piece in the form of a Maurice Harron statue erected, and the area surrounding it landscaped and decorated with flowerbeds.
In attendance from the Housing Executive were Ken Breslin and Good Relations Officer, Eddie Breslin.
Ken said: "This a wonderful example of a community delivered reimaging project, which we hope will not only create a welcoming and colourful gateway to Creggan, but also showcase the creativity and character of the entire community."
Eddie added: "We know that these initiatives can bring about significant positive change within neighbourhoods, by transforming overlooked or run-down areas we can help raise the self esteem of residents and improve the overall image / public perception of an entire community".
Conal McFeely, Development Executive at Creggan Enterprises commented:
"The Housing Executive share our vision of creating a welcoming and positive Gateway to Creggan. Many groups got involved in this improvement scheme, and working with the young people from our Youth Engagement Scheme and IFI funded Unheard Voices and Lifehack Projects – we were able to combine youth and experience to develop artwork which we hope will be appreciated by the entire community.
"The Factory wall has a long and important story to tell about the history of the area and the resilience of its inhabitants.
"We hope that all the residents in the area and any visitors to the area enjoy the artwork on the wall and the new roundabout, and help us share the positive stories and rich character which Creggan has to offer."