Upcoming Co Leitrim events

North Leitrim Youth Forum:  A day’s gathering of 50 young people from North Leitrim that will look at issues around Social Inclusion and “Getting the Voice of Young People Heard”.  The young people will be aged between 15 and 18 and the day will include a main speaker on issues around Social Inclusion and Bullying and workshops on Personal Empowerment; Relationships and Decision-Making; and Youth Democracy.  The day will also include fun activities – a FIFA tournament and  jiving class have been suggested!  This event is being organised by the Leitrim Rural Enabler Programme in collaboration with Foroige, Leitrim Peace Partnership, Sligo/Leitrim HSE and North Connaught Youth Service.

St John’s Heritage Group:  This group has received confirmation of an offer of €50,000 from Peace III (Leitrim Partnership) to develop a Heritage Centre in St John’s Church, Drumshanbo, with a focus on the involvement of all sectors of the local population in World War 1.  This group, together with members of other local churches that have refurbished their churches, will participate in a Good Practice visit to the Somme Museum, Belfast, in January.  The Rural Enabler Programme has supported this group since its inception in 2011 and is delighted that so much progress has been made.

Breffni Youth Cafe:  This group of young people (12 – 15 year olds) are finishing off their cross-border youth partnership project with a visit to Belfast in January that will include a guided tour of the Peace Walls and discussion of the causes and, even more importantly, why they are not being taken down at present.  Anne Carr from Community Dialogue will facilitate the visit, which will include a visit to a youth club in the area of the Walls and discussion of what life is like for young people in this setting.  The aim of the visit is to make the Leitrim young people aware of the difficulties that still exist in some parts of Northern Ireland and to emphasise the importance of the Peace Process and how essential it is for the establishment of a “normal” society throughout the island of Ireland.