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Launch of Gillaroo Directory of Community and Voluntary Groups

Published on:  28 Nov 2012

Last Sunday (25th November), local residents and community representatives came together to celebrate the official launch of the Gillaroo Directory of Community and Voluntary Groups containing information on the community and voluntary groups operating within Kiltyclogher  and Rossinver, Co. Leitrim, and Garrison and Cashel, Co. Fermanagh.


The directory outlines the activities of each local group along with their contact details with the aim of generating greater awareness among all groups of others operating in the area and facilitating greater communication and interaction between groups. The ultimate benefit of the directory is that it will serve to ensure that groups are provided with opportunities to participate in community activities.


The launch, which took place in Kiltyclogher Community Centre, is part of a wider Gillaroo Communities Project primarily funded by the International Fund for Ireland (IFI) and administered by Leitrim Development Company. Funding support for the project has also been received from Leitrim County Council.


The aim of the Gillaroo Communities Project, which commenced in October 2011, is to foster greater interaction and integration within the four communities while enhancing communication and reconciliation. This is achieved through engaging a broad cross section of the local population in training and peace and reconciliation building activities designed to encourage participants to work together to build a shared future for the cross-border area. Delivered over an eighteen month period, the project targets a number of specific groups including adults, schools, youth clubs, older men and church groups.


Local talent was also showcased on the day with Christmas crafts made by participants of the projects’ handicraft skills course exhibited along with designs for the directory’s front cover prepared by senior pupils from St. Martin’s Primary School, Garrison; Belleek Controlled Primary School; Ballaghameehan National School, Rossinver; and Scoil Mhic Diarmada, Kiltyclogher.


Speaking at the launch, Dorothy Clarke, Board Member of the International Fund for Ireland said: “The Fund is committed to the long-term task of breaking down traditional barriers in order to help build positive relations and contact between the two main communities on the island of Ireland. That is why we are proud to be associated with the Gillaroo Communities Project. By bringing local communities together and fostering greater collaboration among local groups, we believe this project will have a very positive impact for reconciliation and promoting greater cross-community links in the Leitrim-Fermanagh area.”


Ms Clarke also expressed a collective thanks to the international donors who have supported the work of the International Fund for Ireland for more than twenty-five years: namely, the United States of America, the European Union, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.


Dolores McSharry, project co-ordinator, said: “I would like to acknowledge the generous support we’ve received from the International Fund for Ireland for the Gillaroo Communities Project. It’s been a real success in addressing some of the traditional barriers that have held communities in the area back from interacting and working together. This has led to tremendous benefits on the ground, bringing people together that might not have interacted before and creating new friendships.”


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