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3 CAP Project

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3-CAP-IFI-ProjectThe 3 CAP Project is a two-year initiative aimed at strengthening connections and encouraging greater interaction between the three rural communities of Ballinaglera in County Leitrim and Boho and Killesher in County Fermanagh. All three areas suffer from problems of long-term unemployment and high rates of youth migration which have become more pronounced since the economic downturn.


Over the years, proximity to the border has brought many challenges and difficulties to people living in the area which the 3CAP project is helping to address by engaging a broad cross section of the communities in training and in reconciliation and peace building activities. 

Coordinated by Ballinaglera Development Company in conjunction with Boho Women’s Group and Killesher Community Development Company, the project works to advance trust and understanding between the communities through cross-community, cross-border events and training activities targeting women’s groups, senior citizens, youth, music groups and farmers and their families.

Now in its second year, the project is having a real impact, enabling what are in effect marginalised, rural communities plan for a future where diversity is encouraged and appreciated.

Isobel Cleary, Project Development Worker, explains: “Ballinaglera and Boho had worked together on several initiatives putting the building blocks in place for stronger cross-border links prior to the project which now includes Killesher. So, it’s heartening to see all three communities now working together for the first time thanks to the Fund.

“The project has brought such a diverse range of people into the process from across all three communities. This is down to the commitment of local organisers and volunteers and the wide-ranging nature of the activities and initiatives undertaken by the project, which has given all people living in each area the opportunity to engage – be it through training courses, storytelling projects, heritage weekends and local community activities targeting specific groups. It all comes down to celebrating what we have in common with each other and all that is good about living in this rural border region.”

A six week digital photography course for women run by the project is a particular success, encouraging people from all three communities to interact and view their local area from a different perspective. The course brought participants to local places they’d never been before, taking in the history of the area, including local churches of each denomination.

Isobel recounts: “I remember when we’d gone into the Methodist church, somebody said to me: ‘Gosh it’s great to be in here, I drive past here nearly every day and I’ve often wondered what it looks like inside.’ So it’s giving people a reason to go there and ask the questions, interact and find out more about each other.”