15 February 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A large crowd gathered at The Blackwater Valley Learning Centre, Knockconan, Emyvale on Tuesday 12th February 2013 for the initial launch of the ‘Border Roads to Memories and Reconciliation Project’. This project is being run by Latton Social Services and Development Ltd and is funded by the European Union’s PEACE III Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body, under Priority 1, Theme 1.2. Acknowledging and Dealing with the Past.
 The project will focus on the entire 350 mile border corridor, stretching from Donegal/Derry/L’Derry in the northwest to the Newry/Dundalk area in the east of the country, covering counties Donegal, Derry/Londonderry, Tyrone, Fermanagh, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan, Armagh, Down and Louth.
 The ‘Border Roads to Memories & Reconciliation Project’ sets out to provide an opportunity and space for residents along both sides of the border to remember and express their feelings in relation to the closure of border roads and the impact that it had on their lives. The intention is to digitally record the feelings of segregation and marginalization that this sector of the population experienced, and link these accounts with recovered photographs and newly recorded audio visual, and make them available on a new interactive website. By October 2014, the website using GIS and mapping of all the closed roads, will create the legacy to this unique period in our islands history and will contribute towards building trust and sustaining a stable society through the recognition and acknowledgement of these individuals as victims.
P atsy Lennon, Chairman of Latton Social Services & Development Ltd welcomed the congregation, and paid tribute to the people who made the project a reality. ‘This will be a huge piece of work and a big undertaking for a voluntary board of directors and management and I want to begin by paying tribute to …

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