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.

May Meeting

Another great turn out for our May meeting. Thanks to Tydavnet Parish Show Committee for hosting us and for the lovely home baking they provided for the tea. Thanks to Tiernach Ronaghan for his excellent presentation on Eye Health, it was very interesting & informative.

CMCN Monthly Meeting

The next monthly meeting will be hosted by Tydavnet Parish Show Committee in Tydavnet Community Centre on Monday 9th May 2016 at 8.30pm. Looking forward to seeing you all there.

“Go For Life” Walk

The next “Go for Life” Walk will take place on Monday 23rd May 2016. Registration commencing at 7pm at Sliabh Beagh Hotel in Knockatallon, Co Monaghan. Refreshments will be served afterwards. €5 per person. Come along and enjoy. All welcome.

CMCN 2015 A.G.M.

Our A.G.M. is being held in Ballyalbany Church Hall on Monday September 21st at 8.30pm. We expect a good turn out as usual and please remember to bring your completed membership affiliation forms.