Lurgan resident Norah McCorry makes a donation of £500 in total to the Lord Mayor’s chosen charities, Southern Area Hospice and B Positive, thanks to sales generated by a local poetry and songbook.
Compiled by Norah and her brother Paul Carville in collaboration with David Weir of Lurgan Townscape Heritage Scheme, the local anthology book is entitled ‘Heart and Soul of the Montiaghs’ and brings together a selection of poems and songs written by local people over the course of 100 years between the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Accepting the donation from Norah earlier this week, Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Paul Greenfield said:
“I would like to pass on my heartfelt thanks to Norah and Paul for this generous donation to my chosen charities. The funds will go towards supporting and sustaining the important and inspirational work being carried out by Southern Area Hospice and B Positive.
“I was also delighted to receive a copy of their book, which is a wonderful reflection of the area’s rich heritage and culture, and I would like to wish them continued success in this venture.”
Providing an invaluable social history of the time, the book also includes local history information and is beautifully illustrated with an array of historic and new photographs. So far, book sales have raised nearly £5,000, with donations being made to various charities and good causes in the area.
The publication of ‘Heart and Soul of the Montiaghs’ was made possible by funding from the Lurgan Townscape Heritage Scheme, which is supported by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and the National Lottery Players through The National Lottery Heritage Fund.