Leitrim Observer Snapshot: The road to nowhere - Leitrim's closed border

Fiona Heavey

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Fiona Heavey

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Leitrim Observer Snapshot:   The road to nowhere - Leitrim's closed border

Paddy Glancy of Drumcully, Kiltyclogher at the Aughavaney road to Fermanagh which was damaged by the Brittish Army after locals re-opened the road

With Brexit looming at the end of this month the above photo of a destroyed border road, dividing a Leitrim Fermanagh community, neighbours, family and friends is more than topical.


The border, for many of us who lived close to it cannot be dismissed as an invisible line on a map, while we can freely pass into Northern Ireland now; the border landscape bares the scars of checkpoints and broken roads.
Despite the fact that we lived with checkpoints, endured the many searches, the interrogations and suffered broken links between family and friends, actual photos of the border are few and far between.

I suppose the border denoted emotions of anger, fear and sadness and photos were usually saved for joyous occasions.

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This photo brings mixed emotions, because as a child I have very fond memories of the annual 'build the road' event I attended with family and friends in the early 1990s.
After the hay was made and the turf was won, before the school holidays were over and always in beautiful sunshine; we spent three days playing and having picnics while men from both sides of the border built up the broken road.
There was jubilation when a car would drive over the make-shift road and of course celebrations in the near by pub. It gave us all hope for a brighter, peaceful and united future. We knew it would be destroyed by the British Army, but for those few days it re-connected a broken community. It was worth it.

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