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MacNean Ice Breakers Christmas Day Swim 2014 for the Neonatal Unit at the National Maternity Hospital - find out more on the Macnean Icebreakers facebook page
Photos from the 2014 event are now online at http://www.photosofblacklion.net/2014-mc-nean-icebreakers-christmas-day-swim./ with thanks to Tony Griffin.
If anyone would like to make an online donation for the Macnean Icebreakers Christmas Day swim for the neonatal unit at the national maternity hospital they can do so on this link
 
 

 The Border Roads to Memories and Reconciliation project held a very successful storytelling night in the MacNean Resource Centre, Blacklion, Co Cavan on Thursday 21st of November.

 
The group were treated to an evening of stories and tales of life along the border roads, especially during times when the roads were closed during the troubles.
The participants discussed the closer of the roads and the manned checkpoints along the border and how it had a big impact on daily life. Nurses, doctors and clergy had to carry a border pass book with them to cross the approved roads. The group spoke of how the road closers stopped cross-border business, towns and villages in the area suffered from lack of trade and have never recovered.
 
Participants also spoke of the fear they had for the customs men and how the lakes were used by many for smuggling. They also remarked on the large Garda presence in Blacklion with 40 guards, 6 sergeants, and 10 soldiers stationed there. Some of the younger participants still use the term “unapproved road” but they had no idea what it meant!
 
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. 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.
 
The project focuses 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.  This is your opportunity to record what life was like for you and your family while those roads were closed. It is an opportunity to preserve that part of our Islands shared history for future generations.
 
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.  
 
If you would like to get involved in the project or find out more information, please contact Ciara on 042 9742003 or 0877648149 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Joe Maguire Memorial Cup Shannon Gaels V Belcoo O’Rahilly’s @ 1pm St. Stephen’s Day 26th December 2013 at Pháirc Gaeil na Siónainne, Blacklion in aid of Blacklion Social Services & North West Hospice. Followed by Refreshments in Fitzpatricks Bar, Blacklion All Welcome

50/50 Draw will take place on the day. Tickets on sale €5 each

 

 

 

 

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Christmas Craft Fair, Market House, Blacklion Saturday 23rd. November 2013 upstairs in the Market House from 10am to 3pm. A wonderful selection of local cards, candles, crafts - gifts galore for all occasions'

“Border Roads to Memories & Reconciliation”, are hosting a storytelling evening on Thursday 21st November at 7pm in the MacNean Resource Centre, Blacklion, Co Cavan.

 

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.

 

Did you live close to a Border Road which was closed? Was your life affected by road closures? Have you any stories on smuggling across the border, life along the border or anything related to the border road closures?

 

We are also interested in any photographs, newspaper articles or video footage relating to the border road closures.  If you have anything you would like to contribute to the project, please come along on the night and have your artefacts photographed, scanned and returned to you on the night.

 

Come along and find out more about our project and how you can become involved. For any further information please contact Ciara on 00353429742003, or email ciaraking@borderroadmemories.com.

 

This project is funded by the European Union’s PEACE III Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. 

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