28 November 2005

Commemoration garden unveiled


Around 600 local people turned out in West Belfast yesterday for the opening of a new commemoration garden in the Upper Springfield Road.
The opening marked years of fundraising and planning by ex-prisoners in the Upper Springfield to honour those who died during the conflict. A marble plaque bears the names of over 100 local people who lost their lives.
The Commemoration Committee hope that the garden will provide a place of reflection where local people can remember those who lost their lives.
The unveiling of the garden was preceded by a special Mass at Corpus Christi Church and a commemoration procession.
Sean Osborne from the Ballymurphy ex-prisoners’ group said that the opening was widely supported by local people.
“The garden is now for the community to come and pay their respects and maybe try and get some closure.
“A number of local people were murdered as a result of the Springhill Massacare and they are remembered at the garden and it is time that their relatives had answers to their questions.
“The idea for the garden came from a number of ex-prisoners who were inspired by the Falls Commemoration Garden.
“They had a meeting and came up with a number of madcap ideas for fundraising for the garden. Once a degree of funding had been reached the community rallied to the cause, rolled up their sleeves and got stuck into the work to make the garden a reality,” he added.

Journalist:: Staff Reporter

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