BOUNDARY-BREAKING YOUNG CYCLISTS ENJOY MONAGHAN HOSPITALITY NEAR JOURNEY’S END

24 August 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

They arrived in the ebb of the rain, their spirits sustained by the communal re-creation of the theme from The Great Escape as they wheeled in off Oriel Way and headed for the welcoming sanctuary of Teach na nDaoine….
For the young participants in the Peace by Piece cycle, which had started from Belfast two days previously, fulfilling the Monaghan leg of their journey was another bridge crossed, another boundary broken.
The warmth of the welcome they received at the reception organised by Monaghan Town Council in the resource centre for the Mullaghmatt and Cortolvin communities was in marked contrast with the inhospitable weather that wreathed most of the country last Wednesday.
The friendship and team spirit forged along the way didn’t seem to need much reinvigoration however.
The Teach na nDaoine forecourt soon rang with the ebullient clangour of contrasting northern accents as the cyclists and their supporting coach party assembled for photographs before filing inside to enjoy the refreshments that awaited them.
According to Youth Work Ireland-Monaghan’s Mary Lynch, the objective of the Peace by Piece project was to stimulate “greater awareness of different traditions and increase trust, tolerance and …

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