Leitrim teens take part in cross-border project

Thirty young people from Leitrim, Armagh and Fermanagh involved in the LAF project enjoyed water sports with a difference in Drumshanbo earlier this month.

Thirty young people from Leitrim, Armagh and Fermanagh involved in the LAF project enjoyed water sports with a difference in Drumshanbo earlier this month.

On a day that was cold, windy and showery, those youngsters got into wetsuits and took to the water in canoes in activities that made them work together and build relationships but also tested their teamwork and stamina. The LAF project is supported by the Rural Enabler Programme, with the aim of bringing young people from both sides of the border together to build relationships and get to know more about different traditions.

The LAF project is only one of several youth projects being supported by the Rural Enabler Programme, which is funded by the Peace III programme through its Managing Authority, the Special EU Programmes Body. Recently, a regional youth event was organised for young people from the six border counties and six Northern counties attended by members of Leitrim Comhairle na nÓg. It is now proposed to host a county event in Leitrim in the Autumn focused on Youth Democracy, followed by another cross-border seminar.

“Our young people are the future”, said Aedín McLoughlin, Leitrim Rural Enabler. “We are still living in the shadow of the past conflict on both sides of the border and our focus on youth is an initiative that can ensure that future generations can move past the stereotypes and misperceptions that prevent people from working and living in harmony. Progress in this area is probably the most important legacy the Rural Enabler Programme can leave behind.”