Ballymoney commission

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council commission, for five bronzes inserted into wooden seating area in The Diamond, High Street, Ballymoney, Co.Antrim.  Each image refers to the rich local history of the area.  

The Derrykeighan Stone - This bronze is based on a low relief stone from the Iron age, it was discovered in 1977 in the ruins of the old church at Derrykeighan.  It is unusual in that it is the only 'La Tène' stone in Northern Ireland and only one of five in Ireland.

Dunaverney Flesh hook - This bronze is based on a prehistoric or late bronze ceremonial flesh hook or feasting gear.  Believed to have been used to remove chunks of meat from a large cauldron for serving. A sophisticated piece for its time.

Bronze horns - This bronze represents a number of finely made horns found in Drumabest bog, Kilraughts parish, which is close to Ballymoney.  They are 2,500 years old, therefore Bronze age artefacts of high calibre craftsmanship.  Found in 1840.

Wheat - This is to represent Ballymoney's rich farming traditions, harvest and prosperity, which stretch back to Neolithic times.  Several Neolithic settlements have been found close to the Bann river, Ballymoney which link with the settlement found at Mountsandel, Coleraine.

Curlew - This bronze is another reference to local heritage and nature.  It denotes the wildlife of the Ballymoney area.  The curlew is a species common to bogland, for example, Garrybog, just outside Ballymoney.