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First Minister Rt Hon Peter D Robinson MLA has officially opened the Davey Village residential facility at the Corrymeela Centre in Ballycastle. The �85million Davey Village is named after the founder of Corrymeela Ray Davey and his wife Kathleen. The international Fund for Ireland provided �25million through its Leaving a Legacy Programme, the Fitzpatrick Hotels Group contributed �,763 and the remainder of the funding was raised by the Corrymeela Community. Speaking at the event the First Minister paid tribute to the founder of the Corrymeela Community, the Reverend Ray Davey. The First Minister said:

揟he development of this �85million village is a very welcome achievement and is a tangible outcome of the Reverend Davey抯 vision which has been brought to reality here in Corrymeela.

For many years Corrymeela has played an important role in embracing difference, healing division and enabling reconciliation. I am confident that this community will continue its vital work and continue to build on the peace that has been achieved.�/EM>

The new facility includes a fully self-contained building sleeping up to 42 people with kitchen and dining facilities, audio visual equipment and en suite bathrooms.

Notes to readers:

1. The Corrymeela Community based in Ballycastle was founded by the Reverend Ray Davey in 1965.Today there are approximately 160 Community members and more than 5,000 friends living throughout Ireland and beyond who have made a Christian commitment to a vision of working toward a shared future.

2. Corrymeela's Ballycastle Centre is located on the Causeway Coast of Northern Ireland. Every year they welcome more than 7,000 visitors, some for a few hours, others for a residential experience.

3. 12 One-year international volunteers live in community on-site and are central to the daily life of the Centre. Countless other short or mid-term volunteers work alongside staff and Community members to welcome visitors.

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