Cookstown residents honour the past by Leaving a Legacy in stone

Michael Dallat and Marilyn Giboney from NIHE with residents from Killymoon Street and Killymoon Residents Association at the Leaving a Legacy Project
Michael Dallat and Marilyn Giboney from NIHE with residents from Killymoon Street and Killymoon Residents Association at the Leaving a Legacy Project
  • The Leaving a Legacy paving stones represent not only Killymoon Street and Skittle Pitch on Sweep Road but pay tribute to a number of memorable Gortalowry Park residents:
  • Biddy Glackin who had a shop in her front room
  • Dan Donnelly and John Creggan who were killed by an unexploded bomb in 1943
  • Johnny Murphy who was captured by the Chinese on the Yangtze River in 1949
  • George Mitchell was captured by the North Koreans
  • Paddy Toner who had a shop on the Drum road corner
  • Jimmy Murphy - a tailor by trade
  • Tommy Farrell who had been a professional jockey and Connor Keightley who was killed in the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami

A number of remarkable Cookstown residents have been immortalised in stone in a project involving Gortalowry and Killymoon residents.

Funded by the Housing Executive’s Cohesion Team, Leaving a Legacy, has been credited with helping the two groups discover their shared history and remember those who have gone before them.

The Keightley family at the slab remembering Conor Keightley

The Keightley family at the slab remembering Conor Keightley

The £5,200 investment is said to have provided an opportunity for dialogue, improved local integration and cohesion between the two groups.

Working together, the Gortalowry Residents’ Group arranged to replace slabs on a pathway with engraved granite slabs commemorating the people and events which have marked the area’s history.

Speaking at the launch Bernie Sonner, from Gortalowry Residents’ Group, said: “This has been a terrific project for our community to be involved in.

“It unearthed a lot of previously unknown facts about our area and the families who have lived here. We had a lot of fun working on this and you can see how it has really improved integration and cohesion. People who have been watching the new artwork being installed have expressed delight with this lasting legacy for the two areas.

We had a lot of fun working on this and you can see how it has really improved integration and cohesion”

“I’d like to thank the Housing Executive for their support of this initiative and the group looks forward to promoting further the vision of a shared future.”

Marilyn Giboney, the Housing Executive’s Good Relations Officer for the area, was delighted with the finished piece.

She said: “I’ve been working with the local community for some time and it’s been rewarding to see how willing they all are to support good relations.

“This latest venture is testament to their hard work to date and is a lasting legacy for all.

The Killymoon Leaving a Legacy Project

The Killymoon Leaving a Legacy Project

“The Housing Executive is pleased to be involved and looks forward to seeing the next stage of this great community’s good relations development.”

Noel, Margaret and Yvonne Mitchell at the stone at Killymoon Leaving a Legacy Project which remembered their father Geordie, who was captured  by the North Koreans in 1951

Noel, Margaret and Yvonne Mitchell at the stone at Killymoon Leaving a Legacy Project which remembered their father Geordie, who was captured by the North Koreans in 1951