Belfast Telegraph

Cows have moved in to graze at City Hall

By Victoria O'Hara

A colourful herd of fibreglass cows have arrived on the lawn of Belfast’s City Hall.

And it is hoped thousands of people will hoof it around the city to catch a glimpse of the life-sized animals created by artists and community groups.

They arrived in May at the Balmoral Show, but the Cow Parade will be on display in Belfast for the rest of the summer.

Artist Raymond Watson who worked on the ‘Flags of Hope’ cow — a cross-community youth project — said they were delighted with the end product.

“It was in memory of Thomas Devlin who was killed in north Belfast in 2005,” he said.

“The cow is going up in Castle Street. I think it has a real relevance as it’s the start of the peaceline between the Shankill and the Falls.”

Cow Parade has taken place in more than 70 cities globally since it started in 1999.

It is estimated that more than 100 million people around the world have seen the cows and more than 5,000 artists have participated in the events — from professional to amateur.

In addition, charity partners have received in excess of £20m from the auction of cows at the end of the event.

Mayor Gavin Robinson said it was another boost for the city: “The more attractions we can offer to visitors the better.”

Later in the year the cows will be sold at auction for charities Barnardos and St Vincent de Paul.

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