The memory of a murdered north Belfast schoolboy is to be honoured this week with the dedication of a striking piece of artwork.
The sculpture, entitled The Permanent Present, is to be housed at the new MAC theatre in the Cathedral Quarter in memory of 15-year-old Thomas Devlin.
Thomas was stabbed to death in an unprovoked attack about 200 metres from his home on his way back from buying sweets with friends on August 10, 2005.
The thought-provoking piece is the work of artist Mark Garry who has also collaborated with composer Sean Carpio, pianist Fabien Leseure and singer Nina Hynes to create a new piece of music written specifically for this commission. This work will be performed live at the MAC during the launch on Thursday.
After the teenager’s death, his parents, Penny Holloway and Jim Devlin, set up The Thomas Devlin Fund to raise public awareness of the impact of gratuitous violence against young people in Northern Ireland.
The fund linked up with Mark Garry to create the artwork.