LEFT: Lagan Valley
MP Jeffrey Donaldson with Adrian
Bird from Lisburn Community Self
Build Limited, John McStea from Old
Warren Partnership and Joe Porter
from St Johnston and Raphoe Family
Resource Centre with representatives
from the two communities during the
recent cultural exchange.
LISBURN Community Self Build, a social
economy business based in Old Warren, recently welcomed
representatives from the St Johnston Family Resource Centre in
Raphoe to the city. The visit from the Donegal group was part of
a cultural exchange, made possible through funding from Proteus
and the EU Peace II programme.
During their visit to Lisburn the group
enjoyed lunch at the Highway Inn before touring the community
facilities at Hillhall. They then attended a reception hosted by
the Mayor of Lisburn,
Councillor James Tinsley, who presented the
group with a plaque to commemorate their visit. The group were
then taken on a tour of Old Warren estate, where they visited
the memorial gardens, community projects such as the Raggety
Bap, the Welcome
House and the Laganview Enterprise Centre.
They also enjoyed dinner at the Point before returning to the
Highway Inn, where they enjoyed a concert by the Lisburn
Fusiliers, with some of the Irish visitors also joining in to
play some traditional music.
Adrian Bird, who runs Lisburn Community Self
Build, said he was delighted with the success of the exchange,
which has expanded to include a future exchange between the two
bands and even between local sports teams.
Lisburn Mayor Councillor James Tinsley enjoys
some traditional music played by the visitors from Raphoe.