Cross bor­der youth net­work for peace

The Argus - - NEWS - By OLIVIA RYAN

THE aim to ‘ keep democ­racy alive’ through the col­lab­o­ra­tion of young peo­ple on both sides of the bor­der was the theme of a unique youth con­fer­ence held in the Carn­beg ho­tel re­cently.

Or­gan­ised by Youth Work Ire­land (Louth) un­der the Youth Net­work for Peace project, the event high­lighted the im­por­tance of work­ing at main­tain­ing peace on the is­land.

The peace project is a cross bor­der ini­tia­tive sup­ported by the Euro­pean Unions Peace IV project and man­aged by the Spe­cial EU Pro­grammes body (SEUPB) .

The ini­tia­tive in­volves thir­teen part­ners from north and south of the is­land of ire­land in­clud­ing Youth Ac­tion North­ern Ire­land as lead part­ner, along with Youth Work Ire­land, the North­ern Ire­land Youth Fo­rum, Co- Op­er­a­tion Ire­land and many more.

As part of the project Youth Work Ire­land hosted the one day cross bor­der youth con­ven­tion on Satur­day 24th Novem­ber in the Carn­beg Ho­tel and Spa.

A spokes­woman for Youth Work Ire­land said they were de­lighted with the suc­cess of the event, and the large num­ber of young peo­ple who at­tended from both sides of the bor­der.

‘ The con­ven­tion show­cased the key is­sues iden­ti­fied by young peo­ple through­out the past year and the work that they have been in­volved in, for ex­am­ple so­cial ac­tion, a range of cam­paigns and the Youth Bank,’ said the spokes­woman.

The event was also at­tended by a num­ber of lo­cal politi­cians, in­clud­ing Coun­cil­lors Anne Camp­bell and Ruairi O’Murchu, Cllr. Maeve Yore and chair­man of the Dundalk Mu­nic­i­pal Dis- trict Com­mit­tee, Kee­lan.

The coven­tion ran through- Cllr, Conor out the day, with Ra­dio YNP ( Youth Net­work for Peace) broad­cast­ing the event and mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment by the Ir­ish Youth Mu­sic Awards Per­form­ers.

Part of the large at­ten­dance at the Youth Net­work for Peace con­fer­ence held in the Carn­beg Ho­tel.

June Trim­ble (Left), Youth Ac­tion NI, Marie Flynn, Youth­work Ire­land Louth, Patrick Burke, CEO Youth­work Ire­land and Shay McAr­dle, Board Mem­ber Youth­work Ire­land Louth at the Youth Net­work for Peace con­fer­ence held in the Carn­beg Ho­tel.

Caro­line Flana­gan (Cen­tre), Re­gional Di­rec­tor Youth­work Ire­land Louth with Coun­cil­lors Maeve Yore, Conor Kee­lan, Ruairí Ó Murchú and Anne Camp­bell at the Youth Net­work for Peace con­fer­ence held in the Carn­beg Ho­tel.

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