8 October 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

A sculpture that was commissioned to represent the ethos of the Clones Erne East Sports Partnership was officially unveiled this week.

The art piece, entitled ‘High Five,’ stands at the entrance to the iconic Peace Link sports complex in Clones and it was made by Smithboro artist Joanne Behan. A group of students from Largy College were also involved in the creation of the sculpture, which was unveiled on Tuesday.

The Peace Link opened its doors to the public in October last year and provides the community with a range of sporting amenities and programmed activities that aim to enhance cross-border co-operation and promote peace and reconciliation in the Clones Erne East region. As part of the overall Peace Link project, to which Monaghan County Council contributed €500,000, the local authority agreed to fund an art piece at this facility.

A facilitator – Joanne Behan, who was awarded the local authority’s tender – was engaged to work with a group of young people from the area to explore a theme for the artwork. Largy College pupils with different religions and backgrounds attended these workshops. The group agreed that a sporting theme would be most suitable for the Peace Link facility as sport is a common ground for bringing people together.

It was deemed paramount that the finished piece incorporated the ethos of Peace and Reconciliation

Cathaoirleach of Monaghan Co Council Noel Keelan was in Clones on Tuesday for the unveiling of the sculpture which cost €24,000. Also present were the group of Largy College students who were involved with the creation of the sculpture and Vice Chairperson of Ballybay-Clones Municipal District Cathy Bennett.


Speaking about her school’s involvement ….


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