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Creggan fun day shows a positive side to Derry estate

Staff, parents and children from Edenballymore Surestart with Derry City and Strabane District Council Mayor Michaela Boyle
Staff, parents and children from Edenballymore Surestart with Derry City and Strabane District Council Mayor Michaela Boyle
Miley McClean enjoys the thrills of the Sky Rider
Gemma McGinley (5) enjoys the Merry-Go-Round
ight year olds Emily Divers and Alaina O'Doherty enjoy themselves during 'Creggan Fun Day
Creggan Fun Day
Leona O'Neill

By Leona O'Neill

Hundreds of families have turned out for a fun day in a Londonderry housing estate to celebrate positivity after a difficult few weeks.

The 'Proud Creggan' fun day was organised by community activists to showcase everything good about the estate and its people, in the wake of the murder of Lyra McKee in April and several joyriding and paramilitary incidents in recent weeks.

Mayor of Derry and Strabane Michaela Boyle said it was important for the community to come together.

"It's a fantastic event," she said.

"This shows the true light and the spirit of the people within the community of Creggan. Of late they have had a bad press, but this, today, is what the people of Creggan are all about.

"Everyone from the very young to the very old are enjoying it and I hope that this sends a strong message.

"Creggan is about the people, about support, about community coherence and cohesion, and that is evident here today."

Mrs Boyle said the positive energy in Creggan showed that the community didn't want to go back to the dark days of the past.

"What has happened over the course of the last few weeks and months with the death of Lyra, today shows that people don't want to go back to those days," she said.

"That those who were responsible for Lyra's death are very tiny minority and have no support here. And the people here don't want their name and the good name of Creggan attached to those mindless acts."

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