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Last UDA mural removed

The last UDA mural was removed from north Belfast yesterday.

It was in the small Ballysillan community of Tyndale which has undergone a significant physical transformation in recent months.

Groundwork Northern Ireland have been working with Greater Ballysillan Community Residents Association (GBCRA) and North Belfast Community Development and Transition Group (NBCDTG) on the removal of the imposing paramilitary mural and other territorial markings in the area.

A representative of Greater Ballysillan Community Residents’ Group said:”It is our intention that this community garden and the new imagery that have been created will add value to the local area and assist in the development of a vibrant and cohesive community spirit.”

The Arts Council NI funded both a mural and sculpture based around the theme of reflection.

The mural was executed by artist Daniela Balmaverde, who worked closely with the P6 class from Ballysillan Primary School to finalise the design.

It provides a mystical interpretation of some of the historic aspects of the area, representing the flowing rivers that used to run through the locality and the volcanic past of the nearby Cavehill area.

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