Peace Wall Removal
Community Celebrates Peace Wall Removal
Residents at a North Belfast interface hold a celebration event to mark a new era after the removal of a 30 year old Peace Wall.
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A unique County Tyrone project aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour and isolation has been praised for its role in reducing tensions and boosting community confidence in Moygashel and surrounding areas.
Launched last year with support from the International Fund for Ireland, the Moygashel Community & Cultural Association (MCCA) Peace Impact Programme has provided new training opportunities and organised a wide range of events and activities to enhance community interactions.
The latest programme includes a week-long festival, starting on Saturday 20th June, designed to bring together people of all ages and put a spotlight on the very best of Moygashel.
International Fund for Ireland Chairman, Dr Adrian Johnston said:
“The MCCA Peace Impact Project builds on good work that has been underway for some time in Moygashel and has made a point of offering something of interest for everyone. The numbers signing up to the courses and activities have greatly surpassed our expectations and there is a clear demand for more.
“The project is dealing with a number of complex and challenging issues and opening new opportunities for people in the community to come together. MCCA has been particularly successful in engaging with younger people and is having stabilising effect on those who might otherwise engage in anti-social activities. Projects like this are critical if we are to generate greater momentum for positive change.”
Victor McNickle, Chairman of Moygashel Community & Cultural Association said
“Our focus is on creating a vibrant community that is prosperous, safe and has the needs of all at its core. Division and disaffection are complex issues that continue to affect our communities and young people in particular in this area, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
“This project has helped us take forward a number of activities that we’ve have been doing already and explore new options. It is encouraging and challenging everyone in the community to raise their expectations for this area and giving them a role in shaping it. We’re focused on delivering for everyone in the village and wider area and hope everyone will get behind us, particularly during the festival week.”
The Moygashel Community Festival kicks off at the village Orange Hall on Saturday with a number of free family-friendly activities including a fancy dress competition, church parade and disco for young people in the area. The week will also provide opportunities to take part in treasure hunts, quizzes and special talks on history.
The International Fund for Ireland awarded £51,000 to Moygashel Community and Cultural Association (MCCA) in June 2014 through its Peace Impact Programme (PIP) which looks to address some of the most sensitive, complex and challenging issues within areas where there have been low levels of engagement in peace building.