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03/04/19 PEACE IV Cross Border Heritage Programme

Cross Border Heritage

Participants from the Donegal and Mid Ulster Forum.


History Groups from Mid Ulster and Donegal have just taken part in a study visit toCounty Tyrone to explore sites linked to the O‘Neill and clans of ancient Ulster.


The two day programme included visits to Castles at Caledon and Benburb as ancient sites of the O’Neill and O’Donnell Clans. This project is supported by the European Union’s  PEACE  IV  Programme,  managed  by  the  Special  EU  Programmes  Body (SEUPB).


The programme presents an opportunity for joint working between Mid Ulster District Council and Donegal County Council though 3 study visits in each area to explore the shared heritage which led to the ‘flight’ of the Earls which took place from Rathmullan, Co Donegal; with the ‘Earls’, themselves coming from both Donegal and Dungannon along with the subsequent Plantation of Ulster which had a huge significance in the history and development of the areas.


The next visit will take place in Donegal in May 2019 with visits to Burt Castle and Grianán of Aileach.


The programme is not only focused on bringing people together from across the border but also people from different community and religious backgrounds; with the aim of seeking to make a positive contribution to building a cohesive society and developing sustainable cross border contacts.


Match-funding has been provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland.


The  timeline  for  the  delivery  of  the  Programme  is  to  commence  June  2018  and complete May 2020.


The programme is open to all groups that have an interest in participating throughout the duration of delivery.


For further information please contact the project coordinator:

Heather McLaughlin

[email protected]

Tel: +44 (0) 2885549606

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