Young people from the Colin area and Seymour Hill in Dunmurry recently enjoyed a joint visit to the battlefields of Northern France and Belgium as part of a Good Relations Project.
The 18 month project, organised by Colin Neighbourhood Partnership and Dunmurry Residents Association, saw 30 young people from both communities take part. Michael George of Colin Neighbourhood Partnership explains further saying:
“This project started with a group of local young people from Saints Youth Centre in Twinbrook and Dunmurry's Seymour Hill Youth keen to get involved in marking important anniversaries that meant so much to these two communities. In the summer of 2016, a number of these young people visited the sights of the 1916 rising including the GPO, Kilmainham Jail and Arbour Hill.
Last winter they completed an OCN in Centenary Studies and researched local individuals from West Belfast and Dunmurry who were involved in the First World War, many of whom never returned.
It was clear that all of those on this trip gained a better understanding of the impact this period had both in Ireland and at the battlefields in Belgium. Besides the educational benefits, it was quite an emotional trip for some of our young people and team leaders, with 4 of the group visiting graves of lost relatives for the first time.
This summer, many within the group will travel to Dublin and engage with The Dublin Youth Forum on many of the subjects relevant to our young people, both past and present.”