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Inishowen forges friendships in new book 04.07.13

'FOOTING' the turf in 'The Parish', farm life on the Isle of Doagh and salmon fishing on Lough Foyle are among a myriad local history stories featured in a new book designed to forge cross-community friendships.
More than 200 people gathered last Thursday in the North West Regional College’s new theatre to celebrate the launch of ‘Forging Friendships’ the third book in the highly successful History Links II project.
Lesser Spotted Ulster's Joe Mahon officially launched the book which was written by eight participating groups from the Inishowen area and Limavady Borough.
Funded by the International Fund for Ireland (IFI), the project is a collaboration between the Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre, Donegal Vocational Educational Committee and the North West Regional College.
Seated from left, Dr Adrian Johnston, chairman of the International Fund for Ireland; Joe Mahon, UTV presenter and broadcaster; Mary Devlin, IFI. Standing from left: Raymond Craig, North West Regional College; Martina Needham, Donegal VEC and steering group members Stephen McNamee, Kathleen Bonner, Ronan McConnell, and Bríd Foley.
More than 100 participants from all backgrounds engaged in the programme where they explored the history and culture of their own area and shared their respective histories before, during and after the Troubles.
IFI chairman Dr Adrian Johnston said the fund was 'proud' to support the project. He congratulated the participants who "through sharing both their personal histories of growing up and the histories of each of their communities proved that there is much more common ground to unite our communities than difference to divide them”.
Project co-ordinator, Stephen McNamee, added: “This book is different from our previous two as we get more of a maritime feel which is to be expected from groups on both banks of Lough Foyle." Information, stories and recordings are available both in the book and on the project website www.historylinksproject.com
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