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Funders converge to mark milestone in new £2.2M village complex at Corrymeela

Published on:  21 Oct 2010

International Fund for Ireland Board Member, David Graham OBE; John FitzpatrickOBE of Fitzpatrick Hotels; and Kate Pettis, Corrymeela Interim Leader today (Thursday 21st October) converged in Ballycastle to mark a milestone in the redevelopment of The Village – a new complex which will provide residential accommodation for groups and families visiting the Corrymeela Centre.

The state-of-the-art building, which has been named the Davey Village in honour of Ray and Kathleen Davey who were founding members of the Corrymeela Community, will replace two older buildings and provide accommodation for 40 people in single or family rooms with ensuite facilities.

The International Fund for Ireland contributed £1.45m to the Project, through its Leaving a Legacy Programme; the Fitzpatrick Hotels Group contributed £98,763; and the remainder of the funding has been raised by the Corrymeela Community.

Speaking at the event David Graham, Board Member of the International Fund for Ireland, said: “The Fund was happy to offer support for this project through our Leaving a Legacy Programme, which aims to support projects that will have a sustainable and positive impact on peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the southern border counties.

“The International Fund for Ireland has supported many Corrymeela initiatives over many years, and the new Village complex will help Corrymeela to  continue with its very important peace building work with local and international groups.”

John Fitzpatrick OBE,Fitzpatrick Hotels USA said ;”We at the Eithne and Paddy Fitzpatrick memorial fund are long term supporters of Corrymeela’s vision and work.I am delighted to see the progress phase 2 of Corrymeela’s capital build is making.The Davey Village promises to be a fantastic resource for staff ,volunteers and visitors alike and we are proud to contribute to the creation of a safe space for dialogue,conversation and reconciliation.

Paul Hutchinson, Centre Director said, “Corrymeela was founded in 1965 which was before the Troubles began but after divisions had already been established within society in Northern Ireland. Corrymeela has worked faithfully throughout the Troubles, to offer sanctuary, challenge perceptions and offer hope during these dark times. In this Post-Troubles era we continue to ask ‘what needs reconciled?’ and offer a safe place for encounter, dialogue, respite and reflection.

“The Davey Village will help us to realise our vision of reconciliation, through its state of the art design and eco-friendly construction in a location of stunning natural beauty.”

The new building will be a place of possibility and hope and enable the Corrymeela Community to build on its 45 years of experience in peace-building. The Village will be a place of restoration providing a holistic approach to reconciliation where body, mind, emotion and spirit are recognised and nurtured and where generations can share their pain and wisdom.

The facilities, which will be completed on time for Easter 2011, will enable programme staff to deliver innovative programmes for people of all ages, creeds and cultures and offer practitioners a space to reflect and learn.

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