Petition against naming of playpark after IRA member

Raymond McCreesh Park on Patrick Street in Newry City
Raymond McCreesh Park on Patrick Street in Newry City

A petition has been started calling for a change of title for a Newry playpark which has been named after a member of the IRA.

Last year Newry and Mourne District Council voted to name the Patrick Street playground in honour of IRA man Raymond McCreesh, after an equality impact assessment.

Newry and Mourne UKIP councillor Henry Reilly has spearheaded objections to naming it ‘McCreesh Park’.

“The petition started on Thursday and had about 30 signatures when I signed it,” he said.

“It has only been launched but I think it should gain traction over time.”

The petition says it was created by Paul Wyatt, and says that by signing this petition “you show support to the importance of creating shared spaces in which every person in Northern Ireland feels welcome”.

In 1977 Raymond McCreesh was convicted of attempted murder, conspiracy to murder, possession of firearms with intent to endanger life and PIRA membership. He died on hunger strike in 1981.

Newry and Mourne District Council said it is co-operating with an ongoing Equality Commission probe into the name of the park.

The petition can be seen at