Irish rugby legend opens peace playpark at the Corrymeela Centre

IRISH RUGBY legend Willie John McBride opened a new peace playpark at the Corrymeela Centre. Joined by Tim Magowan, a Corrymeela representative, the new equipment was funded by a £35,000 donation from Wooden Spoon Ulster.

Corrymeela is the oldest peace and reconciliation centre in Northern Ireland with the aim of transforming division through human encounter. Every year they welcome over 5,000 people to its beautiful centre in Ballycastle, enabling them to learn how to live well together onsite and back home in their own communities.

The charity have welcomed a host of well-known people including Mother Theresa, the Dalai Lama, and Prince Charles.

Corrymeela Centre

Attending the event, Willie John McBride, said: “As a rugby player, I learnt how to play well together with people from different backgrounds. I’m delighted to open this playpark so thousands of children from all walks of life will be able to play together and make new friends.”

Tim Magowan, Corrymeela’s Interim Executive Director, said: “We are so delighted to now have a wonderful play park which children and families can enjoy together.

“In our increasingly divided world, we’re welcoming more and more people onsite to learn how to build positive relationships with people from different backgrounds.”