MONAGHAN’S LATEST ARTWORK INSTALLED AT COOLSHANNAGH ROUNDABOUT

21 August 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Anyone passing the Coolshannagh roundabout recently can’t help but to have noticed construction works on the triangle of ground opposite Grahams’, enclosed by the Armagh road, the Bypass and the Ulster Canal Greenway. Formerly used by Monaghan County Council as a place to deposit spoil from roads projects, this little patch of ground is undergoing a spectacular rebirth, thanks to a Building Peace through The Arts, Reimaging Communites project which is linked to the Ulster Canal.

 The project is led by Blackwater Regional Partnership, of which Monaghan County Council is a member. The BRP has been working behind the scenes for many years on promoting the concept of re-opening the Ulster Canal. Last year, they received funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to commission three pieces of public art to be installed in communities along the former waterway. The largest of the three artworks is the Monaghan piece entitled “Moving On”, with smaller installations to be placed at Middletown and Caledon each marking the significance of the canal to those two communities.

 The original route of the disused Ulster Canal is 78km long and lies almost exactly half in half on both sides of the border. The Canal once served to facilitate…

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