Supporting Communities' Gillian Forrest was delighted to take part in a recent tour of the Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin with the BRAID Project.
The BRAID project, made up of the Dunclug Youth Forum, members of the Carson Project, and the Doury Road Development Group, has been engaged in several good relations led by Co-operation Ireland funded by The Executive Office.
Supporting Communities Community Development Officer Gillian Forrest has been helping the partnership to secure funding to continue their valuable work, including a recent successful application to the Housing Executive's Community Cohesion Fund which enabled a cross-border visit to Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin to learn more about our shared history.
Kevin McCrudden from the BRAID project stated, “This project has not only facilitated the development of good relations for our young people but for the wider community to explore our shared identity and promote positive relationships."
"The recent trip to Glasnevin provided another opportunity to engage and was a building block in terms of continuing the positive relations within the various communities. The visit itself was very thought-provoking for all who attended, particularly as our Tour Guide focused on a shared history, with over 1.5 million people buried in the cemetery from both Catholic and Protestant traditions."
Kevin went on to thank the Northern Ireland Housing Executive for their support to continue this valuable project, everyone who attended for their dedication to cross-community work in the Ballymena area, and Supporting Communities for providing ongoing support to deliver this project and, we hope, many more to come.