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Leaving a Legacy

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The International Fund for Ireland was never conceived as a permanent funding mechanism. While it has always been accepted that reconciliation on the island of Ireland will be a slow process, extending over many decades, the Fund recognises that international support cannot be maintained indefinitely.

Through the Leaving a Legacy Programme the International Fund for Ireland aims to give something back to the international community by sharing its experiences of peace building with other regions of the world that are emerging from conflict. In addition, the Programme supports a small number of large scale projects in Northern Ireland and the border counties that aim to make a substantial and long term impact in terms of the Fund’s objectives.

This Programme is now closed to applications.

For more information on the Leaving a Legacy Programme, please contact:

Northern Ireland:
Northern Ireland Rural Development Council
17 Loy Street
Cookstown
BT80 8PD
Tel: + 44 (0) 28 8676 6980
Fax: +44 (0) 28 8676 6922
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ireland:
International Fund for Ireland
PO Box 2000
Dublin 2
Tel: + 353 (1) 408 2130
Fax: + 353 (1) 470 5407

 

Case Study:


article thumbnailThe town of Strabane lies on the east bank of the River Foyle in Northern Ireland and on the western side of the river lies the town of Lifford in County Donegal. The overall aim of the Reconciliation through the Riverine Project is to develop a shared space for the people of these two neighbouring towns and their hinterlands, on a site that has been for so long associated with division.
Corrymeela Community
Monday, 19 November 2012
article thumbnailWith support from the International Fund for Ireland, the Corrymeela Community opened a new addition to its state-of-the-art reconciliation centre in Ballycastle in October 2012.Named after the founders of the Corrymeela Community, Ray and Kathleen Davey, the Davey Village provides modern residential accommodation for groups and families visiting or volunteering at Corrymeela and offers people of all ages, creeds and cultures a space to reflect and learn.
Lurgan YMCA
Sunday, 01 July 2012
article thumbnailLurgan in County Armagh remains a deeply divided town where violence is still evident and where there is mistrust between the two communities. The Fund is providing £856,000 towards a £1.5million project to bring the work of Lurgan YMCA from separate sites at each side of the interface area to one site with the construction of a new purpose built centre adjacent to the interface in Lurgan.
article thumbnailAlthough the YMCA organisation has changed considerably since it was founded 160 years ago, the focus of its work has remained on youth development.

International Programme

palestinianisraeli-picIn 2006, the Board of the International Fund for Ireland published a revised strategic framework for action covering the years 2006–2010.  In addition to signalling the main shifts in emphasis and direction for programmes, the Fund also indicated in section 8 of the strategy document, an intention to share the experiences of the Fund and also the expertise gained over its 20 years of operation with other regions emerging from conflict situations similar to those of Northern Ireland.

This new venture was, to some extent, a reflection of the growing confidence in the progress of the peace process in Northern Ireland.  For years, the view of successive Boards of the International Fund for Ireland was that it would be unwise to publicise widely some of the valuable work undertaken by community groups and by individuals in promoting reconciliation in their local areas.  The concern was that the publicity would be counter productive.  By 2006 there was a growing feeling that the time had come for the Fund to offer its story, experiences and expertise to a wider audience, and in particular to regions experiencing conflict and political instability.

From a low base, and in a fairly measured way, the Fund has, over the last three years shared its expertise with a number of groups and delegations from around the world.  Some of the groups we have met with during their visits to Belfast and Dublin and other groups we have joined overseas.  These activities have included meeting with groups from:

  • Iraq
  • Sri Lanka
  • Croatia
  • Israel/Palestine
  • East Timor

croation-visitMost of these groups met with the Chairman and Joint Directors General and were provided with a comprehensive briefing on the range of the Fund’s programmes and operational structures.   

In July 2008, the Fund published and circulated widely a booklet entitled “Effective Peace Building”.  This publication details much of the information shared with the groups from the regions listed above.

In 2009, the Northern Joint Director General responded to a request to the Board from the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP) to participate in an international conference in Washington DC arranged by ALLMEP to further their initiative to establish an International Fund for Israeli–Palestinian Peace along similar lines to the International Fund for Ireland.  This work is ongoing.

More recently in July 2009, the Fund met with representatives from Cyprus who are similarly interested in applying the processes and approaches used by the Fund to advance the situation in Cyprus.  This work is ongoing at present.

While the Fund is unable to make available financial assistance to groups from overseas it remains the intention of the Board to share our expertise and experience in making financial interventions to promote peace and reconciliation in regions experiencing conflict.

For more information, click here to download the Effective Peace Building booklet.