Locals visit Church facilities as part of the ‘Community Together’ Project

The second phase of a local project titled ‘A Community Together’, which aims to refurbish the Church Chimes in the town’s Saint Maeldoid's took place last week when the group involved visited a number of Church facilities in County Monaghan.  The ‘Community Together’ project, which has as its aims to promote awareness of different cultures and to celebrate diversity, is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB)

Castleblayney Community Enterprise is partnered with the Blayney Cultural Network Group and Church of Ireland on this activity.  Over the course of delivery of the project the promoters will work with hundreds of young people and adults from cross community and ethnic minorities using primarily the medium of art and crafts to overcome religious cultural and ethnic differences.

This latest project which involves the participation of local community members both young and old and from different religious and ethnic backgrounds will result in the refurbishment and reuse of the Church chimes in St. Maeldoid’s Church, so that they can be heard again after lying silent for many years.

To date a number of events have already been successfully delivered under the ‘Community Together’ project, which have included, patchwork quilting, large puppet making and a cultural celebration event, which was held as part of the Muckno Mania Festival.

Notes to the Editor:

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.