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   “Like” the Facebook page “Co Monaghan Community Network”

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