Getting to know our ‘New Neighbours’

New Neighbours project at Ulster American Folk Park

Published: 23rd February 2016

Image: As part of the New Neighbours project, participants enjoyed a tour of the Ulster American Folk Park where they learned about three centuries of Irish immigration.

A programme to help residents of the Fermanagh and Omagh district get to know their ‘new neighbours’ from within and among the area has started.

The ‘New Neighbours’ programme, which is organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council in partnership with Libraries NI, Omagh Ethnic Communities Support Group and Women of the World, aims to increase understanding of the diversity within the new Fermanagh and Omagh district.

Through a series of events participants will discover the rich variety of cultures, languages, history and traditions that are found within the Fermanagh and Omagh district of neighbours new and old.

The first of these events took place in Omagh on Saturday 20 February 2016 with programme participants visiting the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies (MCMS) at the Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh. Speakers on the day included Dr Paddy Fitzgerald and Dr Brian Lambkin from MCMS who gave an insight into patterns of migration. They also facilitated discussions with participants around the issues of integration and segregation.

Programme participants also enjoyed a guided tour of the Ulster American Folk Park where they learned about three centuries of Irish immigration.

Two further events are planned as part of the ‘New Neighbours’ programme. The first takes place in Enniskillen on Wednesday 24 February and will include a walking tour of Enniskillen and presentations by Libraries NI and the Council’s Fermanagh County Museum on the role of libraries and museums in the Council area to new migrant communities.

The second event will take place in Omagh Library on Wednesday 2 March 2016 and will include a walking tour of Omagh and presentations by Libraries NI.

Drs Fitzgerald and Lambkin will present and facilitate discussions at all three events.

A number of places are still available for the events in Enniskillen and Omagh on Wednesday 24 February and Wednesday 2 March respectively. Participation on the programme is free however registration is essential.

For further information on the ‘New Neighbours’ programme please visit the relevant section of the Council website or telephone Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Good Relations team on 0300 303 1777.

The ‘New Neighbours’ project has received financial support from Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Good Relations programme, assisted by OFMDFM.

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