Monaghan Community Network update 8th February 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).

Line Dancing will be starting in Murdock Memorial Hall, Ballyalbany on Monday 19th February as part of the Cross Community Engagement programme. This is in keeping with engaging community groups from all traditions, nationalities and cultures in Co Monaghan and the wider community. The dancing will run for 4 weeks and there will be a Social Dance to 1st to celebrate St Patrick’s Day on Monday 19th March. The dance venue is located at Ballyalbany, along the River Blackwater, just outside Monaghan town. The building dates back to 1881, and shares the site of the Second Monaghan Presbyterian Church (formerly Seceder’s Meeting House of 1788) and graveyard.

Network Meeting: The guest for the Network meeting on Monday 12th February 2018 in the Enterprise Centre, Castleblayney will be Tommy Maguire, author of “The Runner McGough”. Tommy has long involvement with community development and he will be a very interesting and entertaining guest.

Cultural night: A visit to the Tommy Makem Arts and Community Centre in Keady, Co Armagh, is planned as part of the Cultural Awareness project, and this will take place on Thursday 15th February 2018 at 8pm. We look forward to welcoming Nicola Payne, Peace IV Programme Manager, to this event. Bus leaving McNally’s car park at 7.20pm, contact the Community Network office to book your place. Craft classes, part of the Cultural Awareness Project, are being planned for March, more details later.

Contact details: 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

Line dancing and culture night in Keady dates announced

Murdock Memorial Hall. Image source: http://www.buildingsofireland.ie

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). Line Dancing will be starting in Murdock Memorial Hall, Ballyalbany on Monday 19th February 2018 as part of the Cross Community Engagement programme. This will run for 4 weeks and there will be a Social Dance to celebrate St Patrick’s Day on Monday 19th March 2018. This is in keeping with engaging community groups from all traditions, nationalities and cultures in Co Monaghan and the wider community. Dancing has proved to be an enjoyable way to promote direct cross community and cross border contact that will build friendships and break down previously held barriers to engagement.

A visit to the Tommy Makem Arts and Community Centre in Keady is planned as part of the Cultural Awareness project, and this will take place on Thursday 15th February 2018. Bus leaving McNally’s car park at 7.20pm, contact the Community Network office to book your place.

The 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

Line dancing, visit to Cultural Centre, and Multicultural cookery being planned for Spring 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). There are a number of events upcoming in these programmes early in 2018, and Line Dancing will be starting in Ballyalbany in February as part of the Cross Community Engagement programme. Dancing has proved to be a good way to promote direct cross community and cross border contact that will build friendships and break down invisible barriers. A visit to the Tommy Makem Arts and Community Centre in Keady is planned as part of the Cultural  Awareness project. Also taking place will be the usual monthly meetings, and a Multicultural Cookery course is also pencilled in to the activities.

The 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

Making a positive difference – the vital role of Monaghan Community Network

Co. Monaghan Community NetworkMonaghan Community Network is resuming some of the 48 different events and activities of the Cultural Awareness Programme and the Cross Community Engagement Programme which are supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The Cultural Awareness Programme aims to celebrate multiculturalism and diversity, to value the skills and cultures of all communities, indigenous and new, and ensure they are allowed to have the same opportunities as their Irish peers, and to participate fully in the economic, social, political and cultural life of their communities. The Cross Community Engagement Programme involves communities from both traditions in Monaghan and Armagh, and groups from interface areas along the border who suffered during the conflict. In recent months, activities included the project launch in Corcaghan, network meetings, social dancing, a study visit to the GPO, a residential visit to the Battle of the Boyne site and An Grianan centre for lifelong learning, and cross border steering group meetings. More details on all the upcoming events will be finalised in the next few weeks, and these will continue the programme of cross border study visits, a peace building conference, training courses, arts and crafts, cookery and dance. These programmes play a vital part of engaging and making contact with ethnic minority groups and minority religious groups in a realistic and meaningful way, and ticks many boxes of adopting a Community Development approach: collective action, partnership, empowerment and sustainability.

Monaghan Network includes community groups from all traditions, nationalities and cultures in Co Monaghan, and facilitates linkages among networks from both sides of the border; full details on all the activities are available from the Community Network Office based at the YWCA Building, North Road, Monaghan. Tel: 047-30912. E-mail info@monaghannetwork.ie

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

Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

Study visit to GPO Dublin on 13th December 2017

GPO Dublin. Image source: https://www.gpowitnesshistory.ie/

The beautiful neoclassical facade of the GPO Dublin’s GPO provided a fitting location for a Monaghan Community Network study visit on Wednesday 13th December 2017 to engage ethnic minorities and minority faith communities, an event of the Cultural Awareness Programme which is supported by the PEACE IV programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). This event was chosen because culture-aware approaches contribute to understanding, preventing, mitigating and recovering from conflicts. The study visit to the GPO, Dublin explored a visual and chronological history of the uprising from all perspectives, from the social unrest leading up to 2016, the different factions that came together, what it was like in the GPO and what the public thought of it all. The GPO played the central role in the 1916 rebellion that eventually led to the Irish Free State and independence from England 10 years later.

The GPO as an iconic post office of Dublin is intrinsically woven into history, bearing the bombs and bullets of 1916, and later the explosion that obliterated Nelson’s pillar which had been in the city since 1809. Built (and rebuilt) mostly of granite with Portland stone at the front, it will be 200 years old in 2018. The still bullet – holed front of it is 220 foot long, with a portico of 6 fluted Ionic columns, and bearing three statues – Mercury, the God of financial gain & commerce; the Virtue Fidelity on the right (My word is my Bond) with a hound at her feet and a key in her right hand, and Hibernia resting on her spear and holding a harp.

The 1916 Rising exhibition weaved together all the disparate groups involved in the 1916 Rising and their backgrounds. As well as the re-creation of the scene in the GPO during the Rising, there are a number of other videos providing direct insight into the period before, during and after 1916 that explained what happened and the impact on the establishment of modern day Ireland. Also of huge interest during the study trip was the role of women in the Rising.

Also on view were a number of original artefacts telling the unique stories of those involved, perhaps the most poignant being Pearse’s surrender note written from Arbour Hill Prison 3 days before his execution, and the silver Olympic medal won in the 1912 Olympics by Rising participant Michael Walker. While the rebels were ultimately defeated, public opinion was changed by the executions, and eventually led to independence for 26 counties of Ireland in 1922. There was also an opportunity to reflect on the evolution of all the Irish flags down the years.

Despite its fame as an iconic place of Irish freedom,  the ironic truth is that ground rent for the GPO continued to be paid to American and English landlords until the 1980s, a reminder if it was needed that in a lot of Irish and  international history, things are not always black and white.

The study event provided equal reflection on all those who suffered on all sides during the rebellion from civilians who suffered the most (54%, including 40 children under 15), to the rebel forces, British Armed Forces and DMP (Dublin Metropolitan Police). The aftermath was no prettier for the following 6 years with the War of Independence and Civil War 1922 to follow. As William Butler Yeats put it in his poem Easter 1916, “All changed, changed utterly: A terrible beauty is born”.

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

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

 

 

Social dancing in Smithboro….. taking steps to integration, whatever way you turn

Social dancing has proved to be a very successful event of the Cross Community Engagement Programme which is run by Monaghan Community Network as partner delivery agent with Monaghan County Council. This Cross Community Engagement Programme and the Cultural Awareness Programme involve 48 different events which are supported by the PEACE IV programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The first four social dancing classes have attracted participants from Monaghan, Cavan, Fermanagh and Armagh, and “new communities” in the area. The participants have enjoyed mixing with new people, engagement in learning and trying out many traditional dances, and for the “new” communities, a chance to practice the use of the English language. Another series of four social dances started last Monday night, 11th December in Smithboro, and these will continue after Christmas; again it is hoped to reach out to community groups from both traditions in Co Monaghan and Co Armagh, and groups from interface areas along the border who suffered during the conflict.

A meeting of the Cross Border Advisory Group took place last Thursday 7th December 2017 in an Armagh venue, and a study trip to Dublin’s GPO, which is intended to engage ethnic minority and minority faith communities is planned for Wednesday 13th December 2017.

Social dancing and study trip to GPO – important events of Community Network projects

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

Social dancing has proved to be a very successful event of the Cross Community Engagement Programme which is run by Monaghan Community Network as partner delivery agent with Monaghan County Council. This Cross Community Engagement Programme and the Cultural Awareness Programme involve 48 different events which are supported by the PEACE IV programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The first four social dancing classes have attracted participants from Monaghan, Cavan, Fermanagh and Armagh, and “new communities” in the area. The participants have enjoyed mixing with new people, engagement in learning and trying out many traditional dances, and for the “new” communities, a chance to practice the use of the English language. Another series of four social dances started last Monday night, 11th December in Smithboro, and these will continue after Christmas; again it is hoped to reach out to community groups from both traditions in Co Monaghan and Co Armagh, and groups from interface areas along the border who suffered during the conflict.

A meeting of the Cross Border Advisory Group took place last Thursday 7th December 2017 in an Armagh venue, and a study trip to Dublin’s GPO, which is intended to engage ethnic minority and minority faith communities, took place on (yesterday) Wednesday 13th December 2017. Monaghan Network includes community groups from all traditions, nationalities and cultures in Co Monaghan, and facilitates linkages among networks from both sides of the border; full details on all the activities are available from the Community Network Office. The Community Network office is based at the YWCA Building, North Road, Monaghan. Tel: 047-30912. E-mail info@monaghannetwork.ie “Like” the Facebook page “Co Monaghan Community Network”  (Click on images to enlarge….)

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

New events of Monaghan Community Network, December 2017

Social dancing has proved to be a very successful event of the Cross Community Engagement Programme which is run by Monaghan Community Network as partner delivery agent with Monaghan County Council. This Cross Community Engagement Programme and the Cultural Awareness Programme involve 48 different events which are supported by the PEACE IV programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The first four social dancing classes have attracted participants from Monaghan, Cavan, Fermanagh and Armagh, and “new communities” in the area. The participants have enjoyed mixing with new people, engagement in learning and trying out many traditional dances, and for the “new” communities, a chance to practice the use of the English language. Another series of four social dances will begin again next Monday night, 11th December in Smithboro, and again it is hoped to reach out to community groups from both traditions in Co Monaghan and Co Armagh, and groups from interface areas along the border who suffered during the conflict.

The next meeting of the Cross Border Advisory Group will be (tonight) Thursday 7th December 2017 in an Armagh venue, and a study trip to Dublin’s GPO, which is intended to engage ethnic minority and minority faith communities, will take place next Wednesday 13th December 2017. Monaghan Network includes community groups from all traditions, nationalities and cultures in Co Monaghan, and facilitates linkages among networks from both sides of the border; full details on all the activities are available from the Community Network Office. The 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

Social dancing – new “steps” in community engagement

Monaghan Community Network is continuing its delivery of two valuable integration projects in partnership with Monaghan County Council. These projects are the Cross Community Engagement project and the Cultural Awareness project, and they involve nearly 50 events and activities, supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The PEACE IV Programme is a unique initiative of the European Union which has been designed to support peace and reconciliation. As part of these initiatives, Social Dancing is ongoing in Smithboro Hall each Monday night, and so far they have been very successful, bringing participants into direct cross community and cross border contact that will build friendships and break down invisible barriers. The social dancing reflects different cultures, and draws participants from Monaghan, Cavan, Fermanagh and Armagh, and members of communities who are new to the Monaghan area. Many of these have limited English language skills.

The dancing provides a wonderful night of social interaction, a chance to learn new steps, meet new people, and get to visit new places in the area, stimulates authentic communication that develops conversational competence in the English language, as well as benefiting physical health, promoting group interaction, reducing loneliness and contributing to the sense of social wellbeing. It’s a fun night out, allowing for learning new things, making mistakes, and allowing creativity and emotional expression. Dancing contributes positively to the two projects by promoting confidence, trust, cooperation and group cohesion, and fostering verbal and non verbal communication. .

The dancing will continue until Monday 4th December 2017. The next meeting of the Cross Border Advisory Meeting will be on 7th December 2017, and a study trip to GPO, which is intended to engage ethnic minority and minority faith communities, will take place later in December 2017. Monaghan Network includes community groups from all traditions, nationalities and cultures in Co Monaghan, and facilitates linkages among networks from both sides of the border; full details on all the activities are available from the Community Network Office. The 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”

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

Social dancing – making a world of difference

Social dancing organised by Monaghan Community Network continues each Monday night in Smithboro Hall, and already there are participants from Monaghan, Armagh, Cavan and Monaghan, as well as member of new immigrant communities in the area. The events are fun activities which promote social connections and strengthen communities, they are a great way to meet new friends along the way. The social dancing continues until Monday 4th December 2017.

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

The social dancing events are part of two important projects, the Cultural Awareness Programme and the Cross Community Engagement Programme (which involve 48 different events), which are supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), and delivered by Monaghan Community Network. The PEACE IV Programme is a unique initiative of the European Union which has been designed to support peace and reconciliation. The PEACE Programme was created in 1995 as a direct result of the EU’s desire to make a positive response to the paramilitary ceasefires of 1994. Whilst significant progress has been made since then, there remains a need to improve cross-community relations and where possible further integrate divided communities. The new programming period for 2014-2020 provides opportunity for continued EU assistance to help address the peace and reconciliation needs of the region. The eligible area for the PEACE IV Programme for 2014-2020 is Northern Ireland and the Border Counties of Ireland (including Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Louth, Monaghan and Sligo). Among the core objectives are projects which will build positive relations with people from different communities and backgrounds. (Click on images to enlarge….)

 

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

Working for Cultural Awareness and Cross Community benefits – 2 exciting projects

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

Monaghan Community Network is tasked to deliver two important projects 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 Cultural Awareness Programme aims to celebrate multiculturalism and diversity, to value the skills and cultures of all communities, indigenous and new, and ensure they are allowed to have the same opportunities as their Irish peers, and to participate fully in the economic, social, political and cultural life of their communities. The Cross Community Engagement Programme involves communities from both traditions in Monaghan and Armagh, and groups from interface areas along the border who suffered during the conflict.  It promotes communication, dialogue and shared learning as groups tackle common issues and learn from each other in a non threatening environment conducive to peace building. Social dancing with tuition is part of these programmes, and it has participants from Monaghan, Cavan, Fermanagh and Armagh in Smithboro hall each Monday. The social dance project also includes “new communities” participation, and encourages the development of relationships, the use of English language, and engagement through the universal and social language of dance. This continues until Monday 4th December 2017. The next meeting of the Cross Border Advisory Meeting will be on 7th December 2017, and a study trip to GPO, which is intended to engage ethnic minority and minority faith communities, will take place later in December 2017. Monaghan Network includes community groups from all traditions, nationalities and cultures in Co Monaghan, and facilitates linkages among networks from both sides of the border; full details on all the activities are available from the Community Network Office. The Community Network office is based at the YWCA Building, North Road, Monaghan. Tel: 047-30912. E-mail info@monaghannetwork.ie   “Like” the Facebook page “Co Monaghan Community Network”

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

Community Network’s “Cross Community Engagement Project”

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

County Monaghan Community Network is tasked to deliver two projects as Partner Delivery Agents with Monaghan County Council. The funding is awarded under Priority 1: Promoting Peace and Reconciliation; the promotion of positive relations characterised by respect, where cultural diversity is celebrated and people can live, learn and socialise together, free from prejudice, hate and intolerance. The Cultural Awareness Programme aims to celebrate multiculturalism and diversity, to value the skills and cultures of all communities, indigenous and new, and ensure they are allowed to achieve their full potential, have the same opportunities as their Irish peers, and to participate fully in the economic, social, political and cultural life of their communities.

A residential cross border/cross community study visit took place to the site of the Battle of the Boyne at Oldbridge, Co Meath, followed by a residential visit to An Grianán centre for lifelong learning, Termonfeckin, Co Louth from 3rd to 5th November 2017. This tour provided a shared learning experience for all participants, who all learned something more about each other’s historical and cultural background. It also provided a chance to explore an area of history where they may not have traditionally been comfortable visiting. The weekend provided an increased awareness and respect for diversity and different cultures.

Co. Monaghan Community Network Ltd  provides a forum for community groups in Co. Monaghan to promote community development and peace building, and to address common issues.  The Community Network is based at the YWCA Building, North Road, Monaghan. Tel: 047-30912  E-mail info@monaghannetwork.ie www.monaghannetwork.ie

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

 

Chef Len’s cookery demonstration

Off to view the “Irish Trader” surrounded by the Irish Sea. The ship was run aground in 1974 during storms in the Irish Sea and it has remained on the flat sandy beach ever since.
It has lost a lot of its form and now lacks the qualities that once made this a great Irish landscape photography destination.

The beach at Termonfeckin, just beyond Seapoint Golf Link, Nov 2017

An Grianan, the centre at Termonfeckin for lifelong learning offers a range of courses, including Arts, Crafts, Leisure, Personal Development and Self Care.

Group about to leave An Grianán, Termonfeckin

Recently restored 18th century Oldbridge House, the Battle of the Boyne centre

Cannonball above the front entrance at Oldbridge House

The Battle of the Boyne 1690 was a sectarian and ethnic conflict, in many ways a re-run of the Irish Confederate Wars of 50 years earlier.

Selection of crafts from the Bag making sewing class.

Human Bingo provided great networking and English language opportunities and fun!

Restored Octagonal Walled Garden at the Battle of the Boyne site. The Coddington family, who established this estate in 1724 had a great interest in formal landscape design. The gardens include Peach House, Dog Kennels, Gardeners’ Bothy, and the traditional Orchard re-planted with native Irish apple-tree varieties.

Bernie guards her Christmas craft

 

Social dancing starting in Smithboro Hall on Monday 6th November 2017

Co. Monaghan Community Network invites you to Social Dancing Classes which will take place for 6 weeks in Smithboro Hall, starting on Monday 6th November at 8pm. Expert tuition provided, as well as a chance to put your fancy footwork into practice. It’s great craic, and everyone is welcome, just turn up on the night. For all queries, please contact the Monaghan Community Network office on 047-30912.

Co. Monaghan Community Network Ltd  provides a forum for community groups in Co. Monaghan to promote community development and peace building, and to address common issues.  The community forum is based at the YWCA Building, North Road, Monaghan. Tel: 047-30912  E-mail info@monaghannetwork.ie www.monaghannetwork.ie

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

June Monthly Meeting and “Go for Life” walk

The final “Go for life” walk  will replace our next monthly meeting and will take place in Mullyash Community Centre, Mullyash, Co Monaghan on Monday 13th June 2016 at 7pm.

Registration commencing at 7pm at Mullyash Community Centre, Mullyash, Co Monaghan

Supper will be served afterwards along with some light entertainment.

Cost per person will be €5.00.

Can you please contact us to confirm your attendance (for catering purposes) on 04730912.    

Looking forward to seeing you all there,

“Go for life” walk in Knockatallon

Thanks to everyone who came out to Sliabh Beagh, Knockatallon for our “Go for Life” walk. What a lovely evening we had. Thanks to Paddy Sherry for leading the walk and to Kathleen in Sliabh Beagh for the lovely refreshments afterwards.