Renaming the Rathcoole Play Park to the Sir James Craig NI centenary park.
Great news for Rathcoole. The council has voted in favour of renaming the Rathcoole Play Park to the Sir James Craig NI centenary park. 22 votes to 15.
A big well done to our members whom contacted Sir James’ granddaughter to seek approval which was accepted and sent to the centenary group within the council.
James Craig was a leading Unionist figure of his time. He became the first Prime Minister of Northern Ireland and served in that capacity for nearly 20 years. He was elected as the MP for East Down and later North Down before becoming a member of the Northern Ireland Parliament. Craig played a key role in organising resistance to the Home Rule Bill on behalf of the Ulster Unionist Party, was a supporter of partition, and was pivotal in the decision for the 6 counties to form the basis of Northern Ireland. A huge well done to the council.