The Bovedy Meteorite; Remembering The Bovedy – Astronotes

April 24, 2019 - Comment

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of The Bovedy Meteorite falling in Northern Eire on Friday 25th April 1969, Artist Noel Connor has compiled some ideas and reflections on his expertise with Bovedy. The sky at all times appeared low over our road in Andersonstown, with the Black Mountain looming behind the housing property, seeming

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of The Bovedy Meteorite falling in Northern Eire on Friday 25th April 1969, Artist Noel Connor has compiled some ideas and reflections on his expertise with Bovedy.

The sky at all times appeared low over our road in Andersonstown, with the
Black Mountain looming behind the housing property, seeming to attract down the sky.
And on prime of the darkish silhouette, the tv mast, it’s flashing gentle a
fixed presence above my childhood. My mates and I performed soccer within the
road continually. I keep in mind watching my first few reside soccer matches on
tv and being shocked that they stopped after ninety minutes. Why would
you cease? 

However enjoying on the street on Friday evenings was troublesome because it was
at all times particularly busy then. On the finish of the week the wages had been in and
everybody arrived in automobiles and vans and vehicles to gather their cash. Seamus the
bread man in his Barny Hughes van, Tommy the milkman together with his terrific leather-based
satchel stuffed with unfastened change slung over his shoulder, and never one insurance coverage man
however two, carrying fits and all sweetness and lightweight. Our grocery order would
arrive all the way in which from McAlea’s store on Divis Road, the Mikado biscuits
at all times mendacity tantalizingly on prime. As many individuals had been going out as coming in,
with older brothers and sisters all dressed up, heading downtown for the beginning
of the weekend.

In order that night my mates and I took our soccer all the way down to ‘the Ring’,
Koram Ring, a type of muddy roundabout the place our road ended and converged
with three different streets. It was an ideal circle of baldy grass, criss-crossed
by paths which individuals used as a shortcuts from road to road.

At occasions, each child on the road can be there, the McMahon’s,
McCann’s, Gilmore’s, Murphy’s,

Bannan’s, Allen’s, Casey’s, and me, at all times me.

Artist: Noel Connor,

Not lengthy after we had began enjoying, the ‘Bovedy’ blazed low throughout the sky above our heads; at that stage an impressive fireball floodlighting a gaggle of amazed children. All of us stood transfixed, watching it disappear off behind the mountain, having no thought what had simply occurred. Again at dwelling, I found that nobody else had witnessed the occasion, and over the following days and weeks it was forgotten about. Certainly, recalling the occasion in a lot later years, I may discover no member of the family, pal or neighbour who may keep in mind something of the night, it was virtually as if the following years of violence and political unrest had brutally erased the reminiscence. I virtually started to consider that I had created some type of false reminiscence.

However as an visible artist it was too profound a picture to be ignored and a few years later my analysis finally led me to the Armagh Planetarium. Not solely did they verify the occasion and occasions and dates, however the precise meteorite which had come to floor on farmland at Bovedy, had been loaned to their assortment. I used to be invited to go to and had the extraordinary privilege of holding the mysterious object which had fire-balled throughout my childhood sky in 1969.  Anybody from my era will recognise the importance of that 12 months in Northern Eire, and I’ve come to treat that occasion as symbolising an finish to the innocence of my childhood. At that time I had begun to take an curiosity in artwork, and had travelled into Belfast with my pocket cash, particularly to purchase my first correct set of paints, from the Instructional Provide Retailer, in Fountain Lane. I can think about that my treasured paint field was sitting open on my bed room windowsill the place I saved it and would have been lit up by the passing meteorite. In lots of ways in which picture lit the fuse on the work I’ve produced for this complete challenge.          

Picture supply: Noel Connor,

Having the chance to work with the unique copy of my old fashioned register, which was accomplished on that day, has additionally supplied a terrific stimulus for the work. These ink crosses, made by our instructor, registered my ‘presence’ and that of all my mates because the Bovedy crossed the Universe in the direction of us. I captured every tiny mark utilizing micro-photography, after which projected them throughout the floor of the meteorite, photographing the outcomes. These beforehand insignificant and lengthy forgotten trails of ink had been transported and transcribed throughout fifty years of area and time, to create great visible and poetic illuminations.

The challenge supplied such a wide range of stimulus, that I wanted an
end result which may mix picture, poetry and sound, and I started experimenting
with movie and audio recordings.

I can be ceaselessly grateful to my pal Davy McBride, who was in a position
to work with a category of boys at our old fashioned, now La Salle School, recording
them responding to the unique class register of 25th April 1969.
That recording grew to become the backbone of ‘The Bovedy Illuminations’, the quick movie I’ve
produced for the exhibition.

I additionally wished a poetic narrative to run all through the movie, at
occasions in two voices, permitting me a dialogue with my fourteen-year-old self. To
my amazement I found that Nathan Quinn O’Rawe, a present pupil on the faculty
had beforehand gained the celebrated ‘Poetry Aloud’ Award, a nationwide competitors
to search out one of the best younger reader of poetry in Eire. All through the movie, Nathan
speaks as my youthful self. Once more I’m indebted to Davy for recording us each at
the college.

Picture equipped by Noel Connor,

Indubitably, this challenge wouldn’t have come to fruition with out the assist of Professor Michael Burton and his colleagues on the Planetarium, and I can’t thank them sufficient. Having the chance to current a complementary exhibition of my photoworks and poetry on the Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre enabled me to additional develop my response to the challenge, and I’m  grateful to Christine Donnelly for her assist and assist there.

Noel’s inspiration for this work, The Bovedy, is on show at Armagh Planetarium together with some photos of Noel’s art work. Extra of Noel’s work could be discovered at

An Night with Bovedy will happen at Armagh Planetarium and Observatory on the 25th April beginning at 7pm. Please go to for additional info.

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