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Bessbrook Pond is one of the local areas to benefit from art installations in the coming months. The Bessbrook art represents the Flax flower and is intended to reflect the shared industrial heritage of the village.

Speaking about the art Cllr Roisin Mulgrew said "This art feature and another to be erected in Camlough village are all part of the tireless work being done by the Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership, which is being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Cllr Mulgrew, Gerard Hughes, chair of the residents committee and council official Paddy Duffy with artist Alan Burke
Cllr Mulgrew, Gerard Hughes, chair of the residents committee and council official Paddy Duffy with artist Alan Burke

"The aim of this project is to enhance our landscape and promote our area.

"I was speaking to the artist Alan burke and he explained that inspiration came from a poem called the Ballad of Camlough River, which was written by J.N. Richardson and reflects on the shared industrial heritage of our two villages. 

"The installation, which will be erected in the centre of the pond, subject to planning, is to represent the flax flower, which was a vital part of Bessbrook's linen industry.

"Camlough and Bessbrook are two areas which are very much part of the rich cultural heritage of the Ring of Gullion and any investment to enhance these areas is to be welcomed.

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