The Reconciliation through the Riverine project promises cross-border and cross-community events in the coming months.
New banners have been placed on the Lifford/Strabane bridge to celebrate events planned as part of the project. They depict drama, sport, music and angling, the themes used to promote cross-border and cross-community collaboration as identified by the Riverine Forum.
“These new banners highlight the collaborative work between the staff and members of Donegal County Council and Strabane District Council, along with the various community voluntary groups and organisations engaged with the project,” said Donegal Mayor, Cllr. Ian McGarvey. He said Reconciliation through the Riverine is entering a very busy period, with events planned from September through to Christmas, “and I wish all the groups involved the very best of luck in their delivery”.
Reconciliation through the Riverine is an International Fund for Ireland project led by Donegal County Council with support from Strabane District Council. The project has delivered a series of youth and community-based initiatives that focus on peace and reconciliation within the wider Strabane and Lifford area.
The first event is the Gathering of the Gales Festival, to be launched in the Alley Theatre in Strabane on Sept. 6th. The festival will feature hundreds of the island’s top brass and wind musicians celebrating their musical heritage and is also part of the year-long tourism initiative, The Gathering.
“Communities throughout Ireland are showcasing and sharing the very best of Irish culture, tradition, business and sport as part of The Gathering,” said Paddy Harte, chairperson of the Donegal Gathering. “We are delighted that both Strabane and Lifford have chosen to jointly participate in this national event. Their participation clearly demonstrates their confidence in the two towns as they seek to welcome visitors new and old.”
Mayor McGarvey said the project, “offers people the opportunity to understand their shared history and look forward to a bright future working together to shape and improve their local area.”