Local project ‘Intercomm – Carrickfergus’ has been reflecting on the difficulties local communities have faced in rebuilding following the conflict. The project, funded through the International Fund for Ireland’s Peace Impact Programme works with local communities in Carrickfergus and the surrounding area in aiming to develop community cohesion initiatives in the face of ongoing challenges steaming from the conflict.
The project invited more than 150 local participants, residents and stakeholders to an event which was held in Carrickfergus Town Hall, and had a panel discussion which talked about the legacy of the conflict and how the local area has been working towards a better future.
Panellists, including Victims Commissioner Judith Thompson, Barra McCrory from Public Prosecution Service, Temporary Assistant Chief Constable George Clarke, project co-coordinator Winston Irvine and Paula McFettridge, Director of Kaboosh Productions discussed the legacy of the conflict and challenges communities are facing.
A conflict transformation project, Intercomm – Carrickfergus has been engaging with ex-prisoners, ex-combatants, women and local residents to support them in developing more community unity across estates in Woodburn, Sunnylands, Glenfield, Castlemarra and Dunliskin.
The audience then watched a Kaboosh Production of Those you pass in the Street’ – exploring the complexities of dealing with the legacy of the conflict.
Over the last two years, the project has delivered a wide range of training and capacity building initiatives aimed at providing the platform for many in the area to contribute positively to their communities.
Commenting at the event, Paddy Harte, Chairperson of the International Fund for Ireland said:
“The main purpose of the Peace Impact Programme, which Intercomm – Carrickfergus is funded through, is to deliver real and positive community transformation in communities that have not previously participated in peace building and reconciliation activities.
“The areas of Carrickfergus that the project targets have suffered for too long with high levels of paramilitary activity, isolation and social deprivation. These organisations are recognising the need for community cohesion and that’s where this project came from.
“Intercomm – Carrickfergus has worked hard to address these challenges, providing real life opportunities to those most affected by these issues – with practical support that builds your capacity to lead on the development and prosperity of your local communities. We recognise a lot more work is needed but the foundation has been laid by this project”.
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