Monaghan Network walk on Sliabh Beagh 11th June 2018

An outstanding event took place last Monday in Knockatallon when Monaghan Community Network hosted a walk and social at the community owned and run Sliabh Beagh hotel. Almost 100 people turned up to walk an area of Sliabh Beagh, and Monaghan people were joined by friends from Tyrone, Armagh, Fermanagh and people of new communities who are now based in Monaghan and Castleblayney. It was a wonderful celebratory event – a chance to meet new friends and renew acquaintances from previous network events, and an opportunity to once again hear the wonderful singing of Emyvale’s Edelle McMahon – what a treat that was! The Sliabh Beagh hotel put up a wonderful feast, and representatives Mary Mullen and John Moyna spoke about the building of the hotel – in a marginalised area decimated by the border. The hotel is a wonderful example of sustainable community development, and the importance of a “can do” attitude in bringing dreams into reality, and a community space so important to both sides of the border. Ní neart go cur le chéile (There is no strength without unity). Thanks to everyone who came along and made the event such a success.

Successful Donegal trip for Monaghan Community Network members

A project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

Monaghan Community Network is tasked to deliver a Cultural Awareness Programme and the Cross Community Engagement Programme as partner delivery agents with Monaghan County Council. Both programmes, which involve 48 different events, are supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The following activities are funded:

Cross community event: A very successful residential study visit to Donegal took place on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th May 2018, and it explored the cultural, linguistic and historical aspects of the Irish culture. The event included a guided tour of Lough Derg, Irish music, poetry, song and dance in Gweedore, and an Irish language workshop in Comharchumann Forbartha, Ghaoth Dobhair. The event ended with a short stop in Letterkenny. All the locations promoted greater understanding of our differences, while encouraging learning and appreciation of our commonalities, and promoted social interaction among people who met for the first time at the event. These intangible elements of music, song and language add to the uniqueness and strengths of our communities and organisations. See photos from the event on Co Monaghan Community Network Facebook page and website.

Irish language workshop: Exploring our native language and heritage is critical to our identity, and helps us have a positive self-concept. The workshop also facilitated lively discussion on the importance of our Gaeltachts, our school language curriculum, promoting Irish music and language opportunities for children, and the importance of funding for the initiatives. Thanks to Cathal ÓGallchóir, Bainisteoir Comharchumann Forbartha Ghaoth Dobhair, for his input.

Monaghan Community Network office is based at the YWCA Building, North Road, Monaghan. Tel: 047-30912. E-mail info@monaghannetwork.ie  See the Monaghan Network website and “Like” the Facebook page “Co Monaghan Community Network”

A project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). 

The Irish language and peacebuilding – how “fearr” we can go!

A residential trip funded by Peace IV has been planned by Monaghan Community Network. The event will take in Lough Derg and an Irish language workshop in Gaoth Dobhair, a Gaeltacht area of Donegal. The Network events are targeted – after all they are tasked to deliver a Cultural Awareness Programme and the Cross Community Engagement Programme as partner delivery agents with Monaghan County Council. Both programmes, which involve 48 different events, are supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

Peacebuilding and community integration is a work in progress and requires attention, creativity and ingenuity. Engaging participants from conflict areas needs empathy to break the cycle of distrust. For some, the Irish language is alien; compulsory study of the language is one of the most tangible symbols of difference between life “in the Free State” and in “The North”, a national tongue which is in the words of 1916 revolutionary “the chief depository and safeguard” of Irish nationality. However, in Northern Ireland, the love of the Irish language has been associated with Republicanism, hunger strikers, and anti state – therefore it could be distrusted, and was potentially a threat. By the same token, for the Protestant community, being denied access to learning and understanding Irish also robbed that community of a rich and beautiful part of their own heritage. That same language provides social and cultural common bonds with the perceived enemy. Irish language, a source of ongoing conflict in Northern Ireland, challenges us to see beyond its ability to offend – it can provide a means of building bridges, promote understanding and embracing our heritage, challenge myths and stereotypes, and promote our common culture. Therefore, appreciation of our native language and culture has the ability to elicit discussion about identity, promote empathy and critical reflection, and provide a vibrant peacebuilding opportunity.

The Irish language promotes our uniqueness, and embraces our connection with our locality, nature and our belonging. Our diverse backgrounds are shared by a collective witness to suffering experienced. The Irish language is a shared heritage of all of Ireland – not just “the north” – and links us to Britain and the Scots Gaelic. Learning about our language – and how our surnames and placenames are derived from it – provides lessons on how to build peace between areas in conflict. Language provides empathy – learning a new tongue opens a window into another community, displaying nuances of habits and cultures not often seen. The Irish language is the one thing that links people of all persuasions in an area – so it is hoped that the Irish workshop in Donegal can allow polarised groups to find common ground and bridge societal divides. Tiocfaidh ár grá!

 

Monaghan Community Network update 10th May 2018

Monaghan Community Network is tasked to deliver a Cultural Awareness Programme and the Cross Community Engagement Programme as partner delivery agents with Monaghan County Council. Both programmes, which involve 48 different events, are supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The following activities are events being funded:

Network meeting: The next meeting of Monaghan Community Network will take place on Monday 14th of May in YWCA at 8pm. Everyone welcome.

Image source: Garage Theatre, Monaghan

Culture night: An Irish culture night will take place in YWCA, North Road, Monaghan on Monday 14th May, after the meeting. This will be a great night with a very special guest, you could say this “beau” has a lot of strings; he plays the guitar and is known to sing and tell yarns, he’s a thespian, a fluent Irish speaker, a well known and award winning star of stage and screen, and his most recent role was starring opposite “Sherlock” star Rupert Graves, and you might see a “lotto” more of him very soon. So, oh deary me, you’ll have a super night of craic! All welcome.

June meeting: The June meeting will take place in the Sliabh Beagh hotel Knockatallon. This will be followed by a walk. The walk event is open to all walking groups, but booking is essential for catering purposes. Please contact the Network office if you will be in attendance on the evening.

Upcoming events: The upcoming trip on 18th May exploring the cultural, linguistic and historical aspects of Irish heritage is fully booked up, we look forward to an insightful itinerary exploring some of the most popular and distinctly Irish aspects of our culture. A day trip to the Dáil has been pencilled in for Thursday 28th June, and there will be a cultural trip focussing on Irish traditional music on 18th August 2018. All details of these will be explained at the Network meetings.

Monaghan Community Network office is based at the YWCA Building, North Road, Monaghan. Tel: 047-30912. E-mail info@monaghannetwork.ie  See the Monaghan Network website and “Like” the Facebook page “Co Monaghan Community Network”

A project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the

Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). PEACE IV Programme Boilerplate

  • The Special EU Programmes Body is

a North/South Implementation Body

sponsored by the Department of Finance

in Northern Ireland and the Department of

Public Expenditure and Reform in Ireland.

  • It is responsible for managing two EU

Structural Funds Programmes, PEACE IV

and INTERREG VA which are designed

to enhance cross-border co-operation,

promote reconciliation and create a more

peaceful and prosperous society.

  • The Programmes operate within a clearly

defined area including Northern Ireland, the

Border Region of Ireland and in the case of

INTERREG VA, Western Scotland.

  • The PEACE IV Programme has a value of

€270 million and aims to promote peace

and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and

the Border Region of Ireland.

  • For more information on the SEUPB please

visit www.seupb.eu

Monaghan Community Network update 3rd May 2018

A project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

Monaghan Community Network is tasked to deliver a Cultural Awareness Programme and the Cross Community Engagement Programme as partner delivery agents with Monaghan County Council. Both programmes, which involve 48 different events, are supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The following activities are events being funded:

Network meeting: The next meeting of Monaghan Community Network will take place on Monday 14th of May in YWCA at 8pm. Everyone welcome.

Culture night: An Irish culture night will take place in YWCA, North Road, Monaghan on Monday 14th May, after the meeting. This will be a great night with (hopefully) a very special guest, he’s a fluent Irish speaker, he plays the guitar and is known to sing, also a well known and award winning star of stage and screen, and his most recent role was starring opposite “Sherlock” star Rupert Graves. So, oh deary me, you’ll have a super night of craic! All welcome.

Irish dancing: The Irish dancing classes have come to an end, and they have been a lovely way to meet new people while enjoying a cultural activity. Thanks to Thomas McSkeane for facilitating the classes, and to all who came along each night.

How far we’ve come: The year’s events on both Peace IV funded programmes have been very successful and in the few short months since they started, some of the highlights have been the Battle of the Boyne and An Grianan event, social dancing in Smithboro, study visit to the GPO, line dancing in Ballyalbany, a cultural awareness trip to the Tommy Makem centre, Keady, multicultural cookery in Castleblayney, craft classes in Glaslough, a cross community tour of South Armagh, ceili dancing in Clontibret, and monthly Network meetings. Keep in touch with the Network meetings and the Network office for all details of upcoming events.

Monaghan Community Network office is based at the YWCA Building, North Road, Monaghan. Tel: 047-30912. E-mail info@monaghannetwork.ie  See the Monaghan Network website and “Like” the Facebook page “Co Monaghan Community Network”

A project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the

Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). PEACE IV Programme Boilerplate

  • The Special EU Programmes Body is a North/South Implementation Body sponsored by the Department of Finance in Northern Ireland and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in Ireland.
  • It is responsible for managing two EU Structural Funds Programmes, PEACE IV and INTERREG VA which are designed to enhance cross-border co-operation, promote reconciliation and create a more peaceful and prosperous society.
  • The Programmes operate within a clearly defined area including Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and in the case of INTERREG VA, Western Scotland.
  • The PEACE IV Programme has a value of €270 million and aims to promote peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland.
  • For more information on the SEUPB please visit www.seupb.eu

The challenge of the past – Monaghan Network takes Tour of South Armagh

Browlow House by Phyllis Flannagan

Trip to Armagh: Monaghan Community Network hosted a tour of South Armagh on Saturday 21st April 2018 as part of its Cross Community Engagement Programme. Given the rural character and proximity to the border, the cross community engagement programme is cognisant of the unique history and location of Monaghan and South Armagh, and aims to address some of the legacy of conflict, and in its own small, yet significant way, encourage understanding, community spirit and confidence among people of all faiths and none in networking and leadership.

The outing started at Ti Chulainn, Mullaghbawn, and was followed by a bus tour round the South Armagh area with former POW Paddy Quinn from Belleeks. The commentary in this “bandit country” was stark, chilling, and at times uncomfortable and unsettling – the “troubles” was a working class war – and these conflict memorials were  built symbols of pride, defiance, fury and hurt. Later, the Monaghan Network group took a tour of Brownlow House in Lurgan – the property of Lurgan District Loyal Orange Lodge, with an interactive exhibition based on the US presence and the planning for D Day and the invasion of Africa which took place in the house.

The day was challenging – seeing the past from two entirely different viewpoints reinforces the uncertainties and difficulties of mixed living. We are also challenged to shake off the fears and insecurities of the 20 years since the Belfast Agreement, as the Troubles, while no longer perhaps the dominant factor of everyday life of the border, continues to exert a considerable influence. Conflict and difference can still be deep, wide, and difficult to interpret, but we are challenged to be respectful and understand those contrasting memorials sited in neighbourhoods still bearing the grievances of our troubled past. As the great Welsh critic and writer, Raymond Williams, wrote: “To be truly radical is to make hope possible, rather than despair convincing”.

Network meeting: The next meeting of Monaghan Community Network will take place on Monday 14th of May in YWCA at 8pm.

 

Monaghan Community Network tour of South Armagh and Lurgan 21st April 2018

 

A project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

Monaghan Community Network is tasked to deliver a Cultural Awareness Programme and the Cross Community Engagement Programme as partner delivery agents with Monaghan County Council. Both programmes, which involve 48 different events, are supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The following activities are events being funded:

Trip to Armagh: Monaghan Community Network hosted a tour of South Armagh on Saturday 21st April 2018 as part of its Cross Community Engagement Programme. Given the rural character and proximity to the border, the cross community engagement programme is cognisant of the unique history and location of Monaghan and South Armagh, and aims to address some of the legacy of conflict, and in its own small, yet significant way, encourage understanding, community spirit and confidence among people of all faiths and none in networking and leadership.

The outing started at a memorial to 24 Provisional IRA volunteers who died during the Troubles at Ti Chulainn, Mullaghbawn, and was followed by a bus tour round the South Armagh area with former POW Paddy Quinn from Belleeks. Among the sites included on the route were Cullyhanna Garden of Remembrance, Freeduff Presbyterian Church, the monument to Brendan Burns and Brendan Moley at Creggan, the memorial to the hunger strikers at Silverbridge, the site of the attack on Donnelly’s pub at Silverbridge, and Lislea Church. The commentary in this “bandit country” was stark, chilling, and at times uncomfortable and unsettling – the conflict was a working class war – and these were  built symbols of pride, fury and hurt.

Later, the Monaghan Network group took a tour of Brownlow House in Lurgan – the property of Lurgan District Loyal Orange Lodge. At the outbreak of the First World War, Brownlow House was the headquarters of the 16th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles and the 10th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers, while in the Second World War various contingents of British and American troops were stationed there. The tour included the library, the octagonal room with its Italian marble panels, and the great staircase – and the associated stories of AE George Russell, and the greyhound Master McGrath. There were the fantastic ceilings and windows – and the four heraldic shields of McNeill, Kilmaine, Dornley and Brownlow – all connected through marriage – and the lovely courtyard outside. The house is a prominent landmark with its lantern shaped tower and numerous tall chimney pots, each one a different design in a variety of complicated pierced scroll work and interlacing bands dominating the skyline. Downstairs, as part of the tour, we experienced the interactive exhibition based on the US presence here and the planning for D Day and the invasion of Africa which took place in the house.

The day was challenging – seeing the past from two entirely different viewpoints reinforces the uncertainties and difficulties of mixed living. We are also challenged to shake off the fears and insecurities of the 20 years since the Belfast Agreement, as the Troubles, while no longer perhaps the dominant factor of everyday life of the border, continues to exert a considerable influence. Though the sound of a hovering army helicopter, the soundtrack to a community’s existence may be lessened, the veneer of “normality” can still be very thin! The people on both sides – still scarred by the carnage of terror, still have far to go to discard all the tension, and in listening to the two sides, we must also escape our own bias. We can listen, but we also need to hear.

Conflict and difference can still be deep, wide, and difficult to interpret, but we are challenged to be respectful and understand those contrasting memorials sited in neighbourhoods still bearing the grievances of our troubled past. As the great Welsh critic and writer, Raymond Williams, wrote: “To be truly radical is to make hope possible, rather than despair convincing”.

Network meeting: The next meeting of Monaghan Community Network will take place on the second Monday of May.

Monaghan Community Network office is based at the YWCA Building, North Road, Monaghan. Tel: 047-30912. E-mail info@monaghannetwork.ie  See the Monaghan Network website and “Like” the Facebook page “Co Monaghan Community Network”

A project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). PEACE IV Programme Boilerplate

  • The Special EU Programmes Body is a North/South Implementation Body sponsored by the Department of Finance in Northern Ireland and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in Ireland.
  • It is responsible for managing two EU Structural Funds Programmes, PEACE IV and INTERREG VA which are designed to enhance cross-border co-operation, promote reconciliation and create a more peaceful and prosperous society.
  • The Programmes operate within a clearly defined area including Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and in the case of INTERREG VA, Western Scotland.
  • The PEACE IV Programme has a value of €270 million and aims to promote peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland.
  • For more information on the SEUPB please visit www.seupb.eu

Monaghan Community Network update 11th April 2018

Monaghan Community Network is tasked to deliver a Cultural Awareness Programme and the Cross Community Engagement Programme as partner delivery agents with Monaghan County Council. Both programmes, which involve 48 different events, are supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The following activities are events being funded:

Network meeting: The April Network meeting took place last Monday night, 2nd April 2018.

Trip to Armagh: A cross community engagement study visit to Tí Chulainn Cultural Centre, Mullaghbawn with a tour of South Armagh and a visit to WW1 museum is planned for Saturday 21st April, leaving Monaghan at 9am. This event aims to increase people’s involvement in their local community and to encourage them to explore the differences and similarities of living in different states but only a few miles apart.  The outing promotes building relationships and gaining greater levels of cultural awareness, and hopefully it will leave a lasting positive legacy for the participants themselves and for their wider communities. This cross community trip will also take in Brownlow House, Lurgan’s grandest secular building – and the world’s largest Orange Hall (see image below by Phyllis Flannagan). It stood in an estate of some 259 acres, including a 59-acre man made lake. It is reputed to have 365 rooms. The present Lurgan park was part of the Brownlow estate, which included the lake, was gifted to the people of Lurgan in 1909.There are still a few places left on this tour, contact the Network Office to book your place.

Céilí dancing – started in Clontibret on Wednesday 4th April from 8 – 9.30pm for 4 weeks, with a ceili social dance planned for Corduff on 27th April 2018. Participants will be introduced to the set dances which have been danced in Ireland for generations – people who never danced before are especially welcome. Contact the Network Office for information.

Monaghan Community Network office is based at the YWCA Building, North Road, Monaghan. Tel: 047-30912. E-mail info@monaghannetwork.ie  See the Monaghan Network website and “Like” the Facebook page “Co Monaghan Community Network”

A project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the

Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

PEACE IV Programme Boilerplate

  • The Special EU Programmes Body is

a North/South Implementation Body

sponsored by the Department of Finance

in Northern Ireland and the Department of

Public Expenditure and Reform in Ireland.

  • It is responsible for managing two EU

Structural Funds Programmes, PEACE IV

and INTERREG VA which are designed

to enhance cross-border co-operation,

promote reconciliation and create a more

peaceful and prosperous society.

  • The Programmes operate within a clearly

defined area including Northern Ireland, the

Border Region of Ireland and in the case of

INTERREG VA, Western Scotland.

  • The PEACE IV Programme has a value of

€270 million and aims to promote peace

and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and

the Border Region of Ireland.

  • For more information on the SEUPB please

visit www.seupb.eu

Browlow House by Phyllis Flannagan

Monaghan Community Network update 5th April 2018

Monaghan Community Network is tasked to deliver a Cultural Awareness Programme and the Cross Community Engagement Programme as partner delivery agents with Monaghan County Council. Both programmes, which involve 48 different events, are supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The following activities are events being funded:

Céilí dancing – started in Clontibret on Wednesday 4th April from 8 – 9.30pm for 4 weeks, with a ceili social dance planned for Corduff on 27th April 2018. Participants will be introduced to the set dances which have been danced in Ireland for generations – people who never danced before are especially welcome. Contact the Network Office for information.

Trip to Armagh: A cross community engagement study visit to Tí Chulainn Cultural Centre, Mullaghbawn (see image below) with a tour of South Armagh and a visit to WW1 museum is planned for Saturday 21st April, leaving Monaghan at 9am. There are still a few places left, contact the Network Office to book your place. This event aims to increase people’s involvement in their local community and to encourage them to explore the differences and similarities of living in different states but only a few miles apart.  The outing promotes building relationships and gaining greater levels of cultural awareness, and hopefully it will leave a lasting positive legacy for the participants themselves and for their wider communities.

Craft classes: The craft classes were very successful with a wide range of different skills learnt along the way. The classes also facilitated teamwork and communication – everyone was very positive about what benefit these events were, and each person left with a beautifully crafted item for the home. Thanks to all the participants and to facilitator at the Craft Farm, Toneygarvey, Glaslough.

Monaghan Community Network office is based at the YWCA Building, North Road, Monaghan. Tel: 047-30912. E-mail info@monaghannetwork.ie  See the Monaghan Network website and “Like” the Facebook page “Co Monaghan Community Network”

A project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the

Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

PEACE IV Programme Boilerplate

  • The Special EU Programmes Body is

a North/South Implementation Body

sponsored by the Department of Finance

in Northern Ireland and the Department of

Public Expenditure and Reform in Ireland.

  • It is responsible for managing two EU

Structural Funds Programmes, PEACE IV

and INTERREG VA which are designed

to enhance cross-border co-operation,

promote reconciliation and create a more

peaceful and prosperous society.

  • The Programmes operate within a clearly

defined area including Northern Ireland, the

Border Region of Ireland and in the case of

INTERREG VA, Western Scotland.

  • The PEACE IV Programme has a value of

€270 million and aims to promote peace

and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and

the Border Region of Ireland.

  • For more information on the SEUPB please

visit www.seupb.eu

Ti Chulainn Centre, Mullaghbawn, Co Armagh. Image source: http://www.tichulainn.com/ti-chulainn-armagh

Monaghan Community Network update 29th March 2018

Monaghan Community Network is tasked to deliver a Cultural Awareness Programme and the Cross Community Engagement Programme as partner delivery agents with Monaghan County Council. Both programmes, which involve 48 different events, are supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The following activities are events being funded:

Céilí dancing – started in Clontibret on Wednesday 4th April from 8 – 9.30pm for 4 weeks, with a ceili planned for Corduff on 27th April 2018. Participants will be introduced to the set dances which have been danced in Ireland for generations – people who never danced before are especially welcome. Contact the Network Office for information.

Brownlow House, Lurgan. Image source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brownlow_House

Trip to Armagh: A cross community study visit to Tí Chulainn Cultural Centre, Mullaghbawn with a tour of South Armagh is planned for Saturday 21st April. There are still a few places left, contact the Network Office to book your place.

Multicultural cookery: Classes are currently being planned. New communities are important parts of our area and contribute to our food exploration, enjoyment, and culture. Food sharing helps these often isolated communities feel greater belonging and integration, and celebrate and maintain their own unique traditions/foods/culture. More details later.

Monaghan Community Network office is based at the YWCA Building, North Road, Monaghan. Tel: 047-30912. E-mail info@monaghannetwork.ie  See the Monaghan Network website and “Like” the Facebook page “Co Monaghan Community Network”

A project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the

Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

PEACE IV Programme Boilerplate

  • The Special EU Programmes Body is

a North/South Implementation Body

sponsored by the Department of Finance

in Northern Ireland and the Department of

Public Expenditure and Reform in Ireland.

  • It is responsible for managing two EU

Structural Funds Programmes, PEACE IV

and INTERREG VA which are designed

to enhance cross-border co-operation,

promote reconciliation and create a more

peaceful and prosperous society.

  • The Programmes operate within a clearly

defined area including Northern Ireland, the

Border Region of Ireland and in the case of

INTERREG VA, Western Scotland.

  • The PEACE IV Programme has a value of

€270 million and aims to promote peace

and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and

the Border Region of Ireland.

  • For more information on the SEUPB please

visit www.seupb.eu

Monaghan Community Network update 22nd March 2018

Decorated jam jars completed at craft classes

Craft classes: This element of the Cultural Awareness Project finishes up next Thursday 29th March at the “Craft Farm”, Glaslough. The range of crafts and interaction provided a great way for new community members to learn and share skills in a safe environment, build their confidence and self esteem, and improve their English. It also facilitated networking between the women, some who are not allowed to work and they can become socially isolated as a result.

Line Dancing, part of the Cross Community Engagement programme finished last week. The four nights had nearly 60 participants in Ballyalbany Hall. A celebratory Social Dance with music by “Big Pat” took place last Monday night to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. Thanks to everyone who participated, dancing has proven to be a very enjoyable way to take successful “steps” to integration.

Céilí dancing – starting in Clontibret on Wednesday 4th April from 8 – 9.30pm for 4 weeks, with a ceili planned for Corduff on 27th April 2018. Participans will be introduced to the set dances which have been danced in Ireland for generations – people who never danced before are especially welcome. Contact the Network Office for information.

Trip to Armagh: A cross community study visit to Tí Chulainn Cultural Centre, Mullaghbawn with a tour of South Armagh is planned for Saturday 21st April, contact the Network Office to book your place.

Multicultural cookery: Classes are currently being planned. New communities are important parts of our area and contribute to our food exploration, enjoyment, and culture. Food sharing helps these often isolated communities feel greater belonging and integration, and celebrate and maintain their own unique traditions/foods/culture. More details later.

Monaghan Community Network office is based at the YWCA Building, North Road, Monaghan. Tel: 047-30912. E-mail info@monaghannetwork.ie  See the Monaghan Network website and “Like” the Facebook page “Co Monaghan Community Network”

Monaghan Community Network update 16th March 2018

Monaghan Community Network is tasked to deliver a Cultural Awareness Programme and the Cross Community Engagement Programme as partner delivery agents with Monaghan County Council. Both programmes, which involve 48 different events, are supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The following activities are events being funded:

Network Meeting: The March meeting took place in Ballyalbany Hall last Monday 12th March.

Line Dancing, with nearly 60 participants, is continuing in Murdock Memorial Hall, Ballyalbany each Monday night as part of the Cross Community Engagement programme. There will also be a Social Dance from 9 -11.30pm to celebrate St Patrick’s Day on Monday 19th March with music by Big Pat, supper served. All welcome.

Céilí dancing – starting in Clontibret on Wednesday 4th April from 8 – 9.30pm for 4 weeks, with a ceili planned for Corduff on 27th April 2018. All welcome.

Willow wreath – from the craft classes

Craft classes: These are part of the Cultural Awareness Project, and take place at the “Craft Farm”, Glaslough and will continue on Thursday 22nd and Thursday 29th March (mornings). There are a few spaces available for these, so contact the Network office to book your place.

Trip to Armagh: A cross community study visit to Tí Chulainn Cultural Centre, Mullaghbawn with a tour of South Armagh is planned for Saturday 21st April, contact the Network Office to book your place.

Multicultural cookery: Classes are currently being planned. Refugee and migrants are important parts of our community and contribute to our food exploration, enjoyment, and culture. Food sharing helps these often isolated communities feel greater belonging and integration, and celebrate and maintain their own unique traditions/foods/culture. More details later.

Lá Fhéile Phádraig: The team at Monaghan Community Network on the North Road sends good wishes to all our friends and participants as we celebrate the feast day of our national patron, St Patrick.

Monaghan Community Network office is based at the YWCA Building, North Road, Monaghan. Tel: 047-30912. E-mail info@monaghannetwork.ie  See the Monaghan Network website and “Like” the Facebook page “Co Monaghan Community Network”

A project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the

Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

PEACE IV Programme Boilerplate

  • The Special EU Programmes Body is

a North/South Implementation Body

sponsored by the Department of Finance

in Northern Ireland and the Department of

Public Expenditure and Reform in Ireland.

  • It is responsible for managing two EU

Structural Funds Programmes, PEACE IV

and INTERREG VA which are designed

to enhance cross-border co-operation,

promote reconciliation and create a more

peaceful and prosperous society.

  • The Programmes operate within a clearly

defined area including Northern Ireland, the

Border Region of Ireland and in the case of

INTERREG VA, Western Scotland.

  • The PEACE IV Programme has a value of

€270 million and aims to promote peace

and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and

the Border Region of Ireland.

  • For more information on the SEUPB please

visit www.seupb.eu

Craft Classes, line dancing, Armagh trip, ceili dancing and meeting planned for coming weeks

Co. Monaghan Community NetworkMonaghan Community Network is tasked to deliver a Cultural Awareness Programme and the Cross Community Engagement Programme as partner delivery agents with Monaghan County Council. Both programmes, which involve 48 different events, are supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The following activities are ongoing events being funded:

Craft classes: These are part of the Cultural Awareness Project, and take place at the “Craft Farm”, Glaslough and will continue on Thursday 15th, Thursday 22nd and Thursday 29th March (mornings). There are a few spaces available for these, so contact the Network office to book your place. This is a lovely way to engage with ethnic minority and minority faith communities, and build friendships through learning new skills together.

Line Dancing, with nearly 60 participants, is continuing in Murdock Memorial Hall, Ballyalbany each Monday night as part of the Cross Community Engagement programme. There will also be a Social Dance from 9 -11.30pm to celebrate St Patrick’s Day on Monday 19th March with music by Big Pat. Dancing has proved to be a very effective and enjoyable way to integrate new communities and build up friendships.

Trip to Armagh: A cross community study visit to Tí Chulainn Cultural Centre, Mullaghbawn with a tour of South Armagh is planned for Saturday 21st April, contact the Network Office to book your place.

Network Meeting: The next meeting will be in Ballyalbany Hall on Monday 12th March at 7.30pm.

Céilí dancing – starting in Clontibret on Wednesday 4th April from 8 – 9.30pm for 4 weeks, with a ceili planned for Corduff on 27th April 2018. All welcome.

Monaghan Community Network office is based at the YWCA Building, North Road, Monaghan. Tel: 047-30912. E-mail info@monaghannetwork.ie  See the Monaghan Network website and “Like” the Facebook page “Co Monaghan Community Network”

A project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the

Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

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  • The Special EU Programmes Body is

a North/South Implementation Body

sponsored by the Department of Finance

in Northern Ireland and the Department of

Public Expenditure and Reform in Ireland.

  • It is responsible for managing two EU

Structural Funds Programmes, PEACE IV

and INTERREG VA which are designed

to enhance cross-border co-operation,

promote reconciliation and create a more

peaceful and prosperous society.

  • The Programmes operate within a clearly

defined area including Northern Ireland, the

Border Region of Ireland and in the case of

INTERREG VA, Western Scotland.

  • The PEACE IV Programme has a value of

€270 million and aims to promote peace

and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and

the Border Region of Ireland.

  • For more information on the SEUPB please

visit www.seupb.eu

Culture night in the Makem Centre, Keady, report from Emyvale.net

(Thanks to Peadar McMahon from Emyvale.net for attending, and providing this report on his website).

On Thursday, February 15th members of Monaghan Community Network visited the Tommy Makem Arts and Cultural Centre in Keady as part of the Cross Community Engagement programme and the Cultural Awareness Programme delivered by Monaghan County Council through the Community Network and supported by the European Union PEACE IV programme managed by the SEUPB. The night began with music and song followed by a very interesting talk on the history of Keady and surrounding area given by local historian and story-teller, John Makem. The closeness of Keady to the Monaghan countryside meant a close resemblance of the history and Irish life of the last couple of centuries. John made it even more enjoyable with his regular insertions of wit and fairy stories. Of course John, being the nephew of the famed Tommy Makem, spoke of the life and times of Tommy and his life of music, song and story. It was very interesting to get such a personal glimpse at the man – Tommy Makem – and one can appreciate his music all the more by understanding the man. The music and song on the night was provided by four excellent performers which included, Gerry Makem, Tom Makem, Robbie McGleenan and Edelle McMahon and time went all too quickly as all were enjoying the wonderful entertainment. To finish off the night refreshments were served and the chat went on for quite a while. This is a wonderful Centre and well worth a visit if you ever have the opportunity. See all the photos by clicking on the following link: http://www.emyvale.net/network%20in%20keady.html

About the centre: The Makem Arts & Community Centre in Keady, Co. Armagh, showcasing the innovative, modern, multi-purpose facility which commemorates the life and times of the internationally-celebrated Irish folk musician was opened in September 2015 by President Michael D Higgins. The complex comprises a spacious, multi-functional hall with additional flexible rooms and spaces available for use by the whole community, including a studio, an outdoor play area, an exhibition centre and fully equipped kitchens. Tommy Makem, musician, artist, poet and storyteller died in 2007 and was probably best known for his famous singing partnership with The Clancy Brothers – The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem – while being internationally-acclaimed for his skill and natural musical ability singing, and playing several instruments, including the banjo, low whistle, tin whistle, bodhrán, guitar, and bagpipes. Tommy was born in 1932 and raised in Keady until the age of 23, when he moved to Dover, New Hampshire in the United States. He enjoyed a full life of music and arts in the US, including appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show, as well as performances at Carnegie Hall and for President John F. Kennedy. A bridge over the Cocheco River on Washington Street Dover, New Hampshire, was named the Tommy and Mary Makem Memorial Bridge in 2010. Makem was married to Mary Shanahan, a native of Chicago, for 37 years. He passed away on 1st August 2007 at the age of 74 following a lengthy battle with cancer. The new centre cost £2.5m, was designed by DA Architects in Armagh and the main contractor was Brendan Loughran & Sons.