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Ribbons of Remembrance

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Ribbons of Remembrance thumbnailAlderman Maura Hickey, Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, pictured with Mary O’Driscoll of Rathlin Island Ferry Company during the launch of the Rotary Club of Ballycastle’s Tree of Remembrance.

CHRISTMAS is a special time of year - a time of hope, a time of patience, a time of remembrance...
It can stir up all kinds of emotions and cause us to recall happier times spent with loved ones who are no longer with us. This year, the Rotary Club of Ballycastle have hit on a unique way of remembering your loved one, by tying a yellow ribbon of remembrance on the Christmas tree.
The tree in the Diamond area of Ballycastle will help raise money for a number of local charities this month as family and friends meet and write their message, make a donation to the charity and secure their ribbon on the tree.
Mary O'Driscoll, who looks after 'Special Projects' for the Rotary Club told The Chronicle that in only two days, more than 50 messages had been placed on the tree.
She explained how the idea came about: "This isn't an idea original to Ballycastle, it's been tried and tested in Cork, so you could say I've brought a little bit of Cork to Ballycastle with me. It's been a roaring success there for about 20 years and Derry has been doing similar for a number of years and have been a great help and support to us when undertaking this project.

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