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New Pomeroy statue inspired by Sigerson’s famous song

From left, Elaine Simpson, secratary Parkview Residents Group, Cllr Cathal Mallaghan, Cllr Linda Dillon, Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Declan Coyle, Chair of Parkview Residents group Pomeroy, and Kevin Killen who created 'The Lady and the Lark', pictured after the unveiling ceremony on Thursday.  MC 37

From left, Elaine Simpson, secratary Parkview Residents Group, Cllr Cathal Mallaghan, Cllr Linda Dillon, Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Declan Coyle, Chair of Parkview Residents group Pomeroy, and Kevin Killen who created ‘The Lady and the Lark’, pictured after the unveiling ceremony on Thursday. MC 37

A NEW statue inspired by the lyrics of Pomeroy’s most famous song has just been unveiled in the town.

Entitled ‘The Lady and the Lark’, the distinctive artwork by Kevin Killen from Downpatrick is themed on the famous ballad ‘The Mountains of Pomeroy.’

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The song was penned by George Sigerson from Strabane in the early years of the last century.

The statue, which stands at the entrance to Parkview, was officially unveiled by the chairperson of Mid-Ulster Council, Linda Dillon, last Thursday.

The statue is cladded with words and images which the people of Pomeroy felt were important to them, while her sash is emblazoned with the musical notes to the song.

The project has been three years in the planning by Parkview Community Group.

Pupils from the local St Mary’s Primary School, as well as local people, were on hand for the unveiling.

“This statue is a huge asset to Pomeroy and gives a physical presence to the world famous song,” said a spokesperson for the Parkview Community Group.

Funding totalling £37,000 was received under the ‘Building Peace Through the Arts’ programme by the Arts Council and the artwork was commissioned following a wide consultation with local residents, community groups and other organisations.

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As well as including words and music from the famous ‘Mountains of Pomeroy,’ the statue includes old sayings, words and images which are important to local people and including schoolchildren. Also featured is a reference to the local connections with the first Apollo Moon landings in 1969.

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