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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

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).

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

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

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.