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Dynamic Community Development – Vision & Practice

The Benwiskin Centre, Ballintrillick, Co Sligo
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28th Feb 2015 2.30 to 5.00

Battles, Bricks & Bridges, Arney, Co Fermanagh

The west Fermanagh community of Arney has just completed a one year heritage lottery fund project called Battles, Bricks and Bridges

In summary this community led initiative has three interconnected strands namely an archaelogy project that has rewritten the history books as it uncovered only the second known site of an Elizabethan battle site anywhere in Ireland known as the Ford of the Biscuits (1594). A dead craft was resurrected through hundreds of local people hand making Arney brick again in kilns in a local field, and the community has had listed and restored the oldest bridge in Ulster. All delivered in the space of twelve months.

The media attention was extensive. Wth coming features on BBC One and BBC Four next week in a programme called Digging Ireland. The community also made its own documentary about the projects screened last November to 350 people in the Ardowen Theatre, Enniskillen.

Ballyhoura Development Ltd, Limerick, Tipperary & Cork Borderland

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Ballyhoura Development Limited is possibly the most respected community led Local Development Company in Ireland. Established in 1989 they support communities, individuals and businesses within the area to increase their economic sustainability and improve their quality of life. Ballyhoura is a dispersed rural area, with a total population of 78,191 spread across 54 communities. Historically the area has had a high dependence on agriculture and a corresponding underdevelopment of the industrial, commercial and professional services sectors. Its socio-economic profile and corrospending ‘issues’ are not dissimilar to the Glens to Sea area.

As a result of over 25 years of successful strategic planning and implementation of a range of EU and National programmes and projects including the Rural Development Programme (LEADER), The Local Community Development Programme (LCDP), The Rural Social Scheme’s (RSS), Tus, Local Training Initiatives (LTI’s), Job Club, and the Equality for Women Measure. They act as brokers for mainstream funding with the aim of revitalising the rural area.

Aideen Connolly; Townlands & People Heritage Group

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