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.
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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On Friday 20th November, local residents and community representatives from East Donegal and Strabane came together to celebrate the achievements of participants in the Activ8 Project run by Donegal Youth Service. Funded by the International Fund for Ireland, the project brought together young people from both sides of the border to take part in community-based training and development. The event took place in the Fir Trees Hotel, Strabane, where participants received certificates on the day.
The International Fund for Ireland today launched a new five-year strategy that will expand and intensify critical peace-building programmes in Northern Ireland and the southern border counties of Ireland.
The ‘Community Consolidation – Peace Consolidation 2016-2020’ strategy will allocate up to £20million towards a significant new youth programme aimed at those who are unable to access or remain in traditional education and training provision.
The majority of residents living near a cluster of interface sites would back plans to develop a shared community facility on a derelict factory site in West Belfast, a new survey today revealed.
An ambitious six-month partnership aimed at addressing common issues in unionist and nationalist communities has been praised for its role in reducing tensions and turning around young lives in Derry/Londonderry, Ballymena and North Antrim.
On Thursday (8th October), local community and business representatives came together to celebrate the official opening of The BASE Enterprise Centre, a €1.4m community and enterprise hub developed to support social and economic regeneration in the wider Finn Valley and cross-border area in Donegal and Tyrone. Coinciding with the launch, the centre also played host to ‘A Creative Touch of Donegal’ – an exhibition celebrating Donegal’s rich creative offering from a diverse range of local designers.
The International Fund for Ireland today (16th September 2015) welcomed the publication of the Department of Education’s Sharing Works: A Policy for Shared Education. Dr Adrian Johnston, Chairman of the International Fund for Ireland said:
“I welcome the publication of this policy as a significant step towards making shared education a reality for all schools, pupils and communities. Shared Education must be embedded within our education system and the Minister and the Department deserve credit for defining and setting out the vision and objectives for the way ahead.
“Our programme for Shared Education has demonstrated that working together can help sustain schools, improve academic performance and build a shared future. Over the past decade, the International Fund for Ireland and the Atlantic Philanthropies have made a huge commitment, in money and effort, to advancing shared education and developed projects and partnerships that demonstrate how cross-sectoral collaboration can be an integral part of school life. These proven shared education models have helped pave the way for this policy and can support the Department in the implementation of ‘Sharing Works’.
“Establishing meaningful collaboration between schools must now be a priority for everyone. We cannot delay in giving pupils the chance to take part in high quality educational experiences that promote positive academic, economic and reconciliation outcomes. The case for schools working together has been made, now is the time to deliver.”
Between 2008 and 2013, the International Fund for Ireland invested more than £18m in its Sharing in Education Programme (SiEP). The Programme engaged more than 500 schools across 22 projects that promote sharing and reconciliation and span all levels of formal education from early years through to teacher training and development. More than 65,500 children and young people took part in the 22 projects, three of which were also supported by the Atlantic Philanthropies which invested £5m.
An historic community venue in Manorcunningham officially reopened today (29th January) following a massive €174,000 renovation project.
Built in the middle of the last century, the venue is one of 17 Orange halls which remain in regular use in County Donegal, but developed problems in recent years due to the age and wear of the building. During extensive reconstruction, the hall was stripped to its bare walls and carefully rebuilt while the kitchen and bathroom facilities were also overhauled.
Special Unveiling Of Collaborative Art Work ‘Eitilt Anama’ (Soul Flight),
Building a Shared Future for Communities in Louth, Tyrone, Armagh and Down
On Friday (13th December), local community representatives came together at the Stephenstown Pond conference centre in Knockbridge, Dundalk for a special exhibition to celebrate the completion of the Hand Beaten Copper Craft & Reconciliation Project. Funded by the International Fund for Ireland (IFI), the two-year project brought together individuals from both sides of the border to explore attitudes to peace and reconciliation via the medium of copper.
The project formed part of a wider Music and Craft at the Pond initiative funded by the IFI under its Community Based Economic and Social Regeneration Programme and administered by the Stephenstown Pond Trust with the aim of delivering cross community training courses and activities in Counties Louth, Tyrone, Armagh and Down.
Building a Shared Future for Communities in the Donegal Border Area
On Thursday (12th December), local residents and community representatives came together at the Castlefinn Partnership Initiative in Co. Donegal to celebrate the achievements of participants in the ‘Volunteering in the Community’ programme funded by the International Fund for Ireland (IFI). The initiative is administered by Donegal Local Development Company (DLDC).
At the event, certificates were awarded to over 50 young people aged 18-25 who took part in the initiative, which aims to help the most socially and economically disadvantaged regions in Northern Ireland and the southern border counties of Ireland, working to create the conditions for reconciliation and a long-term shared future.
CULTURE CAVAN SHOWCASE EVENT AND FINALE CONCERT
On Friday (6th December), local residents and community representatives came together at Cavan County Council Courthouse for a showcase exhibition and finale concert to celebrate the completion of the Culture Cavan project.
The event provided a timely opportunity to showcase the achievements of participants across the four strands of the project, which is co-funded by the International Fund for Ireland through its Community Based Economic & Social Regeneration Programme and by Cavan County Council.
A celebration event was held today in Cavan Crystal Hotel, Cavan to mark the success of the Media Initiative for Children Respecting Difference Programme 2011-2013 in Cavan and Monaghan, funded by the International Fund for Ireland.
Developed and run by Early Years – the Organisation for Young Children – the three year ‘Media Initiative for Children Respecting Difference’ programme engaged with some 30 pre-school setting s and reached out to more than 1250 young children in Cavan and Monaghan. The highly successful preschool programme had previously been rolled out in Northern Ireland and in four of the southern border counties, Louth, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal, funded by the IFI, Atlantic Philanthropies and the Department of Education.
Monday, 2nd December 2013: A celebration event was held today to celebrate the success of the two year Community of Lough Arrow Social Project (CLASP) Men’s Shed project which set out to address the legacy and impact of the conflict on men in County Sligo. The project was funded by the International Fund for Ireland under its Community Based Economic and Social Regeneration Programme.
Based on the very successful model of “Men’s Sheds”, which have been run in Australia, the UK and other regions in Ireland, the project aimed to create a space where men of all ages, who have been impacted by the conflict, could share their cultures, heritage and traditions and learn more about each community. This would help lead to the rebuilding of relationships and reconciliation among the men in the community and through time between the wider community and address the issue of the continuing isolation of small pockets of the protestant community in the area.
Northern Ireland’s largest teacher education institutions, Stranmillis and St Mary’s University Colleges, have celebrated the success of a jointly delivered and International Fund for Ireland financed major teacher professional development programme.
Over 200 teachers, principals and youth workers across all phases and sectors of the education continuum in Northern Ireland who participated in the Classrooms Re-imagined: Education in Diversity and Inclusion (CREDIT) programme were commended at the special Making a Difference event held at Stranmillis University College, Belfast.
The International Fund for Ireland has committed more than one million Euros (€1,194,978/£995,742) towards a dozen peace projects in Northern Ireland and four southern border counties.
The announcement was made following the International Fund for Ireland's recent Board Meeting which took place in Rossnowlagh, County Donegal.
Northern Ireland Office Minister of State Andrew Robathan MP recently met with youth workers and young people in Poleglass to hear about the wide range of activities delivered by Youth Initiatives.
The cross-community organisation delivers a wide range of programmes that aim to awaken hope, inspire initiative, and mobilise youth to make a vital contribution to their community and to reconciliation in Northern Ireland.
Bringing Communities Together in Glengad and Surrounding Areas
On Saturday 16th November, participants of the Heritage Revival Project “Maritime Matters” came together with local community representatives to celebrate the launch of the first of two drontheim boats constructed as part of a cross-border, cross-community initiative.
Last Friday (15th November), local residents and community representatives came together to celebrate the unveiling of two stone-wall signs created for the entrance to Ard Baithin housing estate in St. Johnston, Co. Donegal. The walls were built as part of a 12 week Volunteering in the Community initiative aimed at providing training and activities for young people who are aged 18-25 and who are unemployed.
Bringing students together from both traditions through the medium of sport
On Tuesday, 26th November, local residents and community representatives joined with children from St Columbans Primary School and Belleek Primary School in Co. Fermanagh to celebrate the achievements of participants in the Goal for Peace project. At the event, the pupils were presented with special medals and football kits in recognition of their participation in the project, which integrates children from schools and football clubs from both traditions through the medium of sport, primarily soccer.
The final lessons of an £18million programme developed by the International Fund for Ireland could be the key that unlocks shared education opportunities in all schools, a Belfast conference heard today.
Launched in 2008, the Sharing in Education Programme (SiEP) engaged more than 500 schools across 22 projects that promote sharing and reconciliation and which span all levels of formal education from early years through to teacher training and development. More than 65,500 children and young people took part in the 22 projects, three of which were also supported by the Atlantic Philanthropies.
The Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE) and the Sharing Education Programme are calling for people to have their say on how education can be advanced in Northern Ireland.
The NICIE Annual Seminar ‘Advancing Education’ takes place at 10am on Saturday 23rd November in the Canada Room at Queen’s University Belfast.
The Seminar will feature a range of participants representing all interests in education.
A cross-community relations project which helped build a better and shared future for communities living along the southern shores of Lough Neagh celebrated three successful years this evening [15th November 2013] with an international cultural and musical event at Discovery Centre, Oxford Island, Lurgan Craigavon.
South Lough Neagh Regeneration Association organised the event in celebration of its successful Good Relations Project. The Project received £200,000 from the International Fund for Ireland through its Community Bridges Programme towards the £300,000 overall cost.
A unique community project hosted a special two-day event in Dublin today (19th November). Organised by the Northside Partnership in Dublin and Groundwork Northern Ireland as part of the Connect 4 Project, the event outlined how communities can work together around common needs with the objective of better using scarce resources and developing a better future.
The conference also focused on the intertwined themes of Regeneration, Community Activism, Community Safety, and Youth Engagement.
‘Shared Language, Landscape and Different Drums’ was the apt theme for a workshop today held in the Cleenish Centre, Bellanaleck to celebrate the successful conclusion of a four year initiative the West Cavan and West Fermanagh Social, Community and Enterprise Regeneration Project. Supported by the International Fund for Ireland, the project was led by Cavan County Enterprise Board in collaboration with Fermanagh Enterprise Ltd and Cavan County Enterprise Fund. The project set out to deliver on the ground cross community initiatives in these areas through the delivery of a range of strands such as Training, Mentoring, Networking, Information Seminars and Best Practice Visits.
Today ( 14th November 2013) 30 groups marked the conclusion of one of the biggest cross-community training programmes ever undertaken in Northern and the southern border counties.
The Community Leadership Programme (CLP) was coordinated by NICVA and offered a suite of learning opportunities and accredited training specially-designed to strengthen the leadership capacity of community groups. The programme was supported with more than £8million funding from the International Fund for Ireland since it was established in 1993.
A major cross-community project partnering both Unionist and Nationalist communities in Lurgan today unveiled a new booklet and artwork in the town’s Jethro Centre.
Participants in the Understanding Our Neighbours Project produced a Quilt Artwork and the ‘Our Journey’ booklet to communicate and capture the personal journeys and challenges participants have overcome together in building community relations.
The red carpet was rolled out today (25th October) for the premiere of a short film and unveiling of a special sculpture produced by the Rasharkin Community Youth Project.
The screening was part of a special event celebrating the achievements of the cross-community project which brought together the Rasharkin Community Association and Saturday Night at the Church Hall (SNATCH).
Developing Cross-Community and Cross-Border Relationships in Strabane/Lifford and its Hinterlands
Local residents and community representatives recently came together at the Alley Theatre in Strabane to celebrate the valuable work carried out by the Reconciliation through the Riverine project. The event provided a timely opportunity to showcase the achievements of participants of the Youth and Community elements of the project, which is funded by the International Fund for Ireland through its ‘Leaving a Legacy’ programme.
Click here to download press release Community groups in Derry-Londonderry and Ballymena today celebrated the remarkable achievements of an unlikely cross-community reconciliation project.
Funded by the International Fund for Ireland, the three-year ‘Forward Project’ saw the Leafair Community Association in Derry/Londonderry and the Ballymena-based Carson Project jointly address legacy issues of the past and conflict transformation initiatives.
Budding young actors and actresses from Cox’s Demesne After School Groups showed off their acting skills in a highly entertaining performance of ‘Finding Cinderella’ at An Tain Theatre, Dundalk last night (Wednesday, 23rd October 2013).
The play was the culmination of a six month project funded by the International Fund for Ireland, where 30 young people aged 6-13 years attended drama workshops designed to help increase understanding and tolerance and to promote self-confidence and self-expression.
The Minister of Education John O’Dowd MLA, today (22nd October 2013) made a statement to the Northern Ireland Assembly on advancing shared education and addressed the recommendations presented earlier this year in The Report of the Ministerial Advisory Group on Advancing Shared Education.