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New mural created in honour of Derry man Richard Moore

The new mural by UV Arts is being painted on a gable wall at Great James Street in Derry.
Seamus McKinney

A mural is being created in Derry in tribute to Richard Moore, who was blinded when he was struck by a rubber bullet as a ten-year-old child in 1972.

The mural, on a gable wall at Great James Street, is based on a photograph of the Derry man taken in 2007 when he welcomed Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama to the city. The work is by UV Arts, the company behind the Derry Girls' Mural and the recently unveiled gable mural of Sister Clare Crockett who died in an earthquake in 2016.

Mr Moore, founder of the Children in Crossfire charity, said he was “stunned” when he was told about the mural on Friday last.

“How it came about was Joanna Lumley was in Derry to make a travel show and she wanted to talk to me. What I didn't know was that the mural was planned. I was supposed to be filmed talking to Joanna around Creggan and the area where I was shot and we were to finish at the Peace Bridge.

“But we got out of the car – I didn't know where I was but it was at Great James Street and Joanna said ‘I just wanted to tell you we are standing in front of a big mural. Do you know who is in it; it's you and the Dalai Lama',” Mr Moore said.

The Derry man – described by the Dalai Lama as his inspiration after he met and befriended the solder who changed his life – said he thought it was a joke at first but it was only when his family gathered that he realised it was real.

“It's based on a picture of the Dalai Lama touching heads with me which was taken when I welcomed him at the airport in 2007; that was a special moment for me.

“I was speechless when I realised the mural was for real. I have never seen myself in that type of role. I suppose I feel a bit self-conscious but I'm humbled. It's a real honour in my home city and it includes the Dalai Lama who represents the things I hold important like compassion and forgiveness,” he said.

It is hoped the mural, which will also include the name of the Children in Crossfire charity, will be completed by the end of this week.

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