A Christmas village has become a hot topic of conversation among the locals of a small village in Northern Ireland’s coastal county of Londonderry, as they discuss the significance of a village that was once a thriving industrial centre.
“I’ve never been here before and it’s pretty incredible, a bit like going to the Moon,” said Acnl Village resident Catherine Smith.
“We’ve never had a holiday like this before, so we are all very excited to get back to it and go to Christmas.”
The village was the site of a coal mining operation in the early 1920s and its construction was completed in 1939.
It was then home to over 600 workers.
However, the mine closed in the 1960s and the village was sold in 1985, with a large part of the community having to relocate.
It has since been redeveloped as a small residential and retail complex with offices, restaurants and shops.
However the local council has been struggling to fund the redevelopment and, after a number of local councillors had resigned to become councillors for Londonians, it decided to sell the village in 2013.
The sale also saw the sale of the village’s land to the developer, the Acnl Group.
The Acnl group plans to develop the village and will be looking to redevelop the area as a town centre.
The company hopes to make up to €1 million ($1.3 million) in the sale.
It is believed that the sale will see the sale and redevelopment of the area become a commercial and residential development, with the village also to be redeveloped and its properties leased to other businesses.
“The Acntl Group is the property developer, and the sale is going to be a significant piece of the project,” said Richard O’Neill, managing director of Acnl.
“It will be a major commercial development for the area.”
The Acnla Group will be investing about €3 million ($4.3) million in the redevelopment of Acnlan, and it will be paying for the project with the sale, which will include the purchase of Acna Lighthouse, a lighthouse in the area.
It was built in 1872 and is the first lighthouse in Ireland.
“We are extremely excited to be the new owner of the lighthouse, which is a landmark in our area,” said Mr O’Connor.
“If the Acntls and their partner Acnl Group can be successful in redeveloping this site, then it is a win-win for everyone.”
Mr O’Neil also confirmed that the purchase was an indication of the Acnnel Group’s interest in the site.
“This is a great opportunity to give people a little bit of closure, and give people more opportunities to see it,” he said.
“There’s a lot of potential for growth here and it is just a great location to be in.”
Our aim is to have this site become a thriving town centre and we’re looking forward to having it that way.