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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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.
A special conference held at the Dunadry Hotel today (22nd October 2013) has heard that a planned and progressive move for deeper and broader good relations must be secured as a practical and lasting legacy in Northern Ireland.
The call for embedding and furthering good relations in schools was made by International Fund for Ireland Board Member Billy Gamble at the Community Relations In Schools hosted ‘Whole School Community Approaches to Shared Education’ conference.
Children as young as 14 in Londonderry/Derry are seeking help to resolve threats of violence, a community intervention project revealed today.
The Time2Choose Project was established in June by Rosemount Resource Centre in response to increasing calls for support from people facing intimidation and at risk of violent attack. It provides specialist mediation and intervention services to those under threat, their families and the wider community.
Two special projects which helped 38 schools in the Southern Education and Library Board area work closer together, were celebrated at Lough Neagh Discovery Centre today (Friday 18th October 2013).
Over the last three years, the Welcoming Schools and the Primary Curriculum Partnership projects engaged with more than 8,400 pupils, 1,000 school staff and 550 parents to promote equality of opportunity, good relations and respect for diversity and identity.
Celebration event caps major Donegal-based cross-community project
Music, dancing and storytelling were just part of the celebrations at the Balor Arts Centre tonight for a major Donegal-based cross-community relations project.
Supported by the International Fund for Ireland under its Integrating Communities Programme, the East Meets West Donegal Project worked to support peace building activities and foster cultural understanding between the West Donegal Gaeltacht and the East Donegal Ulster Scots.
Moving Forward through Reconciliation - Honouring the Past
On Saturday 12th October, local residents and community representatives joined together to celebrate the life and work of Cassandra Hand (1809 – 1868) and her contribution to famine relief in Clones and surrounding area. The event included the rededication by the Rt. Rev. John McDowell, Bishop of Clogher, of the grave of Cassandra Hand and her husband, the Rev. Thomas Hand.
Over 300 Participants from Cox’s Demesne Muirhevnamor and The Shankill in Belfast join in celebration
On Wednesday (9th October), over 300 participants who completed the ‘Beyond Beliefs’ computer skills training programme attended an event at the Crown Plaza, Dundalk to celebrate the success of the cross border project which has been running for the past 3 ½ years.