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Cross-community project

Billy Gamble International Fund for Ireland Board Member; Cllr Mark Baxter, Mayor of Craigavon; Florence McKeever, Chair of Springwell Centre; Sister Philomena Horner, Centre Co-ordinator Springwell Centre; Dr Mary Gethins, Director of Shankill Parish Caring Association; Cllr Colin McCusker, Deputy Mayor of Craigavon, Andrew Dunlop, Jethro Centre Manager; Carmel McKenna, Shankill Parish  Caring Association Project Worker.

Billy Gamble International Fund for Ireland Board Member; Cllr Mark Baxter, Mayor of Craigavon; Florence McKeever, Chair of Springwell Centre; Sister Philomena Horner, Centre Co-ordinator Springwell Centre; Dr Mary Gethins, Director of Shankill Parish Caring Association; Cllr Colin McCusker, Deputy Mayor of Craigavon, Andrew Dunlop, Jethro Centre Manager; Carmel McKenna, Shankill Parish Caring Association Project Worker.

A major cross-community project partnering both unionist and nationalist communities in Lurgan has unveiled a new booklet and artwork in the town’s Jethro Centre.

Participants in the Understanding Our Neighbours Project produced a Quilt Artwork and the ‘Our Journey’ booklet to communicate and capture the personal journeys and challenges participants have overcome together in building community relations.

Both items were commissioned to retell personal stories and memories of the Troubles and how attitudes and perceptions have been changed or influenced in the town.

The two-year project received more than £70,000 in financial assistance from the International Fund for Ireland and brought together Lurgan’s Shankill Parish Caring Association and the Springwell Centre.

As part of the project, both community groups took part in a series of workshops that explored culture, identity and shared history and undertook a number of historical site visits.

Andrew Dunlop, centre manager at Shankill Parish said: “We are very thankful to the International Fund for Ireland Integrating Communities programme for its generous financial assistance, managed by the Northern Ireland Rural Development Council.

“The booklet and Quilt Artwork launched and unveiled as a result from the support we have received symbolise how far we have come together in our cross-community journey and working together for a shared future.”

 

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