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Art scheme twins part of Donegal with Mars

The idea of twinning a place in Co Donegal with the planet Mars may sound out of this world, but it could become a reality within weeks.

As part of a new public art project people have until the end of the week to submit suggestions for a part of Donegal which could be twinned with a physical feature on Mars to the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny.

The most suitable will then be forwarded to NASA, which will officially name a feature on Mars after somewhere in Donegal.

US-based arts group, the League of Imaginary Scientists, are behind the zany Lovely Weather Art and Climate Change Public Art Project.

“The criteria are that it must be in the Milford/Letterkenny electoral area of Co Donegal and it can be a peninsula, an island, a beach, even a rock,” said John Cunningham, assistant manager of the Regional Cultural Centre.

“We have had dozens of suggestions. In the end, it will mean that a little part of Mars will be permanently named after a place in Donegal.”

The twinning is one of five projects supported by Donegal County Council Public Art.

Belfast Telegraph