Local community celebrate launch of £300,000 project exploring local heritage from mountain-top to lough shore

‘Cuilcagh to Cleenish: A Great Place’ Launch

Local community celebrate launch of £300,000 project exploring local heritage from mountain-top to lough shore

The launch of the ‘Cuilcagh to Cleenish: A Great Place’ project was celebrated by almost 90 local people and dignitaries on Thursday 31 January 2019 in Arney Millennium Hall.  The evening provided a sample of the local culture through storytelling and music which certainly whet the appetite as to what the project will deliver. 

The launch of the ‘Cuilcagh to Cleenish: A Great Place’ project was celebrated by almost 90 local people and dignitaries on Thursday 31 January 2019 in Arney Millennium Hall.  The evening provided a sample of the local culture through storytelling and music which certainly whet the appetite as to what the project will deliver. 

The innovative partnership project was community-led from the outset with the key concept and activities identified through consultation with local community groups. Running until March 2021, the project will continue to proactively engage with communities through locally identified heritage activities and aims to create a strategic Community Trail Network that will shape the future development of the area as a connected place where local people will be proud of their history and culture and where visitors are attracted to visit and explore.

The project has received £270,000 of funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund with additional funding by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland.  The HLF investment was made possible through the National Lottery’s ground-breaking Great Place Scheme, with ‘Cuilcagh to Cleenish: A Great Place’ successful in being one of only four projects to receive funding in Northern Ireland.

Speaking at the launch, The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Anna Carragher spoke about their role in supporting a unique community led project that will connect the local communities of Cleenish, Bellanaleck, Arney, Killesher and Florence Court through the rich heritage, history and culture of the area. “The concept behind the Great Place programme was to put heritage and culture at the heart of the local vision and ambition for the community by enabling strong new partnerships between the heritage and other local agencies. It recognises what we all know instinctively, that what makes people and communities thrive is a sense of involvement, identity and belonging. From experience we know that those connections often grow most powerfully when people take part in local activities and when they relate confidently to their own culture, history and heritage. We were delighted to support the Cuilcagh to Cleenish project because it will actively support communities to showcase and connect their heritage to create a trail that local people and visitors can experience and enjoy. It is thanks to National Lottery players that we can fund innovative and creative heritage projects across the UK”

Launching the initiative, the Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh Council Chair Cllr Howard Thornton highlighted the importance of the project to the area. “This project represents a great opportunity for a number of the local community groups to work alongside one another for the benefit of an area which is rich in heritage and culture. The project will enable local people to get involved in initiatives that will help bring about positive health and well-being benefits, increased community co-operation and economic rewards, elements which are at the centre of the Fermanagh and Omagh Community Plan 2030.”

The ‘Cuilcagh to Cleenish: A Great Place’ project will be led by Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland (ORNI) who are a not-for-profit organisation responsible for developing, managing and promoting outdoor recreation in Northern Ireland. Speaking at the launch, ORNI Board Member Jill Montgomery, highlighted that the organisation is looking forward to developing the outdoor recreation opportunities in Fermanagh “Community Trails are a wonderful way of connecting communities to one another, to their green space and places of interest.  ORNI is delighted at the prospect of working with local people in the area to identify a suite of trails that will encourage outdoor recreation and raise the profile of their identified local heritage sites”.

ORNI will deliver the project in partnership with Fermanagh and Omagh District Council  through the resources of Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark, Cleenish Community Association and Killesher Community Development Association. However, proactive engagement with other key organisations in the area will be ongoing to maximise the benefits of partnership working.

The project has contracted in the services of a Local Coordinator who will oversee the delivery of a range of heritage activities such as archaeological digs, folklore and rural craft workshops, citizen science and history talks.

Barney Devine, ‘Cuilcagh to Cleenish: A Great Place’ Local Coordinator is delighted to start working on such an exciting programme for the area . “Between Cuilcagh mountain and Upper Lough Erne there is an exceptional, yet largely overlooked area of Fermanagh. ‘Cuilcagh to Cleenish: A Great Place’ is a community led project which will help raise the profile of local history, heritage and culture of the area. Local community groups have been given a unique opportunity to offer a series of events for local people led by local people whilst improving the area through a series of Community Trails which will further highlight our local history and heritage”.

Barney urged attendees of the launch to get involved by contacting him at his office at Millennium Hall, Arney or via c2c.org.uk

The innovative partnership project was community-led from the outset with the key concept and activities identified through consultation with local community groups. Running until March 2021, the project will continue to proactively engage with communities through locally identified heritage activities and aims to create a strategic Community Trail Network that will shape the future development of the area as a connected place where local people will be proud of their history and culture and where visitors are attracted to visit and explore.

The project has received £270,000 of funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund with additional funding by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland.  The HLF investment was made possible through the National Lottery’s ground-breaking Great Place Scheme, with ‘Cuilcagh to Cleenish: A Great Place’ successful in being one of only four projects to receive funding in Northern Ireland.

Speaking at the launch, The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Anna Carragher spoke about their role in supporting a unique community led project that will connect the local communities of Cleenish, Bellanaleck, Arney, Killesher and Florence Court through the rich heritage, history and culture of the area. “The concept behind the Great Place programme was to put heritage and culture at the heart of the local vision and ambition for the community by enabling strong new partnerships between the heritage and other local agencies. It recognises what we all know instinctively, that what makes people and communities thrive is a sense of involvement, identity and belonging. From experience we know that those connections often grow most powerfully when people take part in local activities and when they relate confidently to their own culture, history and heritage. We were delighted to support the Cuilcagh to Cleenish project because it will actively support communities to showcase and connect their heritage to create a trail that local people and visitors can experience and enjoy. It is thanks to National Lottery players that we can fund innovative and creative heritage projects across the UK”

Launching the initiative, the Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh Council Chair Cllr Howard Thornton highlighted the importance of the project to the area. “This project represents a great opportunity for a number of the local community groups to work alongside one another for the benefit of an area which is rich in heritage and culture. The project will enable local people to get involved in initiatives that will help bring about positive health and well-being benefits, increased community co-operation and economic rewards, elements which are at the centre of the Fermanagh and Omagh Community Plan 2030.”

The ‘Cuilcagh to Cleenish: A Great Place’ project will be led by Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland (ORNI) who are a not-for-profit organisation responsible for developing, managing and promoting outdoor recreation in Northern Ireland. Speaking at the launch, ORNI Board Member Jill Montgomery, highlighted that the organisation is looking forward to developing the outdoor recreation opportunities in Fermanagh “Community Trails are a wonderful way of connecting communities to one another, to their green space and places of interest.  ORNI is delighted at the prospect of working with local people in the area to identify a suite of trails that will encourage outdoor recreation and raise the profile of their identified local heritage sites”.

ORNI will deliver the project in partnership with Fermanagh and Omagh District Council  through the resources of Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark, Cleenish Community Association and Killesher Community Development Association. However, proactive engagement with other key organisations in the area will be ongoing to maximise the benefits of partnership working.

The project has contracted in the services of a Local Coordinator who will oversee the delivery of a range of heritage activities such as archaeological digs, folklore and rural craft workshops, citizen science and history talks.

Barney Devine, ‘Cuilcagh to Cleenish: A Great Place’ Local Coordinator is delighted to start working on such an exciting programme for the area . “Between Cuilcagh mountain and Upper Lough Erne there is an exceptional, yet largely overlooked area of Fermanagh. ‘Cuilcagh to Cleenish: A Great Place’ is a community led project which will help raise the profile of local history, heritage and culture of the area. Local community groups have been given a unique opportunity to offer a series of events for local people led by local people whilst improving the area through a series of Community Trails which will further highlight our local history and heritage”.

Barney urged attendees of the launch to get involved by contacting him at his office at Millennium Hall, Arney or via c2c.org.uk

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