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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 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 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

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

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.

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

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

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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