“There But Not There”

Thursday, 8 March 2018

GHOSTLY figures of First World War soldiers, or 'Tommies' as they were known, sprung up on the Giant's Causeway as part of a new nationwide fundraising campaign supported by Birdsong novelist, Sebastian Faulks.
Hoping to raise in excess of £15 million for armed forces and mental health charities, the six foot high Tommies are part of a national art installation called 'There But Not There'.
They appeared as 2018 marks 100 years since the end of the First World War.
The Giant's Causeway was selected as a key launch location, because of the strong connection Bushmills has to the First World War. Among the headstones of Billy Parish Church, on a hillside overlooking Bushmills, stands one etched with the words: "In memory of Sergeant Robert Quigg, Royal Irish Rifles, who won the Victoria Cross for most conspicuous bravery at the Battle of the Somme."


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