Council Chairman launches programme for Community Relations & Cultural Awareness Week

Published: 22nd September 2015

Events to mark Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week

A number of public events are to take place across the Fermanagh and Omagh district as part of Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week.

The annual Week, which runs from Monday 28 September to Sunday 4 October 2015, aims to provide opportunities to increase understanding and engagement within and between communities to help build a shared society.

Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly, officially launched the programme of events scheduled to take place across the district as part of the week, today.

The Week begins with a one-day conference on Tuesday 29 September 2015 organised by the Irish School of Ecumenics. The conference, entitled, ‘A Bridge Between Two Distinct Worlds – Remembering the past and looking towards the future’, will explore how we use memory around two pivotal 1916 events – the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme. The conference takes place at The Manor House Hotel, Enniskillen.

On Wednesday 30 September 2015, people are invited to make their way to Omagh Ethnic Communities Support Group’s popular ‘Friendship Club’ at Omagh Community House from 11 am to 1 pm. The event will provide visitors with the opportunity to learn more about their neighbours and the crafts and skills they bring to the area. Advance booking is not necessary for this event.

The ‘Inspiring to Act’ conference, which is organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council in partnership with the Rural Community Network and Corrymeela, takes place on Thursday 1 October 2015. The conference, designed to inspire efforts to build peace at a local level, will include guest speakers, Paddy Logue, Social Justice Trust and Maura Twohig, co-founder of the Tara Centre, Omagh. Corrymeela’s 20/20 Visions project will also deliver a number of workshops and entertainment will be provided by local choir, ‘Together One Voice’ and dance project, ‘Dance Revelation’. The conference takes place at the Tara Centre, Omagh.

A Faith Trail, involving the four landmark churches on the hill in Omagh town, will also take place on October 1. Starting at 7 pm the Faith Trail will bring participants into each of the four churches where they will have the opportunity to learn more about the building and the faith practised within it. Each visit will be facilitated by a member of the clergy. This event is suitable for all age groups.

Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week will come to a close in the Fermanagh and Omagh district on Friday 2 October 2015 with a Community Information Evening hosted by Omagh Support and Self Help Group in The Sperrin Restaurant, Omagh. Starting at 7 pm, the event is an opportunity to find out more about the group’s services. Advance booking is not required for this event.

Speaking at the programme launch, Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly, said:

“Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week provides a platform for the public and private sector to showcase innovative approaches to good relations and building a united and shared society. It is an opportunity to celebrate all aspects of our culture and heritage, promote cultural diversity and tackle sectarianism and racism. This year’s theme ‘One place, many people’ is particularly apt and reminds us all of the need to share this place we live in, respect each other’s differences and increase understanding and engagement between and amongst all sections of the community.”

Councillor O’Reilly went on to thank everyone involved in organising events for Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week across the Fermanagh and Omagh district. He also congratulated all those community and voluntary groups who give freely of their time to help better local community relations throughout the year.

Last year, over 200 events were held throughout Northern Ireland as part of Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week. The Week, which is in its 13th year, is coordinated by the Community Relations Council.

A full listing of Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week events can be found at www.nicrc.org.uk and printed programmes can be obtained from local libraries.

To find out more about public events taking place in the Fermanagh and Omagh district please contact Pauline Clarke, Good Relations section, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council on 0300 303 1777.

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Tracy Hunter Communications Officer Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Tel: 0300 303 1777 Email: tracy.hunter@fermanaghomagh.com

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