On Sunday 9th September 2012, over 150 people, both young and old, from Kiltyclogher, Co Leitrim and Cashel, Co, Fermanagh came to Cashel Community Hall for a Social Event and to the official launch of Cross Border PEACE III projects.
The Kiltyclogher and Cashel Cross Border Partnership has been successful in being offered support totalling €36,000, to deliver a series of projects, through the European Union’s PEACE III Programme, which is managed for Special EU Programmes Body by Leitrim County Council on behalf of County Leitrim PEACE III Partnership.
At the event representatives from each of the groups spoke about the projects funded through the project and how they would be delivered within the area. A promotional leaflet was also produced and circulated to those in attendance.
A Community Partnership made up of community representatives from Kiltclogher and Cashel have been working tirelessly over the last five months to develop proposals, which are both realistic and pragmatic to building and sustaining cross border community relationships into the future. The Partnership is made up of Liam Gallagher, Detta McGown, Loraine Cullen, Pat McGriskin from Kiltyclogher Community Council; Louise Leonard, Brian Richardson and Gabriel McGrath from Cashel Community Development Association and Ann Cullen, Leanne Cullen and Victoria Lee from Kiltyclogher Playgroup.
Eilish McLaughlin, Cross Border Development Officer who has worked alongside the Partnership over the past number months highlighted the “commitment of each of the representatives and their hard work in getting these projects off the ground”.
Eilish went on to say that she hoped that these projects would have a lasting impact in the area and that relationships formed will influence and inform future development in the area in tourism, economic and social terms.
The Community Event is part of a wider project called Kiltyclogher Cashel Connects Project. This Project will also involve; Building Cross Border Relationship which will include trips to Belfast (Stormont) and Dublin (Dail); A Shared Heritage Project – 1916 from a Dual Perspective; A Project for Senior Citizens – to include developing a Storyboard of times gone by and Community Notice Boards. Other projects funded in the area include the Kilty Cashel Parent and Toddler Group and a Cross Border Gardening Club.
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