Clare Museum Helps Build Bridges

Clare Champion, Friday, July 29, 2005

Clare museum’s policy of developing community relations in the county extended North of the border recently. The museum hosted a group of young Protestants from Belvoir in East Belfast and young Catholics from Downpatrick. They were brought together in a community relations programme organised through the South-East Education Library Board in Belfast (SELB) and the Burren Outdoor Education Centre.

The partnership between the Clare Museum and the initiative seeks to use the history of Clare and the surrounding area to stimulate discussion of the legacies of conflict, for example the 1798 rebellion, Williamite or Jacobite wars, the Famine, 1916 and the War of Independence.

As part of the programme the young people were brought to the Clare museum where artefacts relating to conflict in Ireland provided points for discussion. There will be five such groups visiting the museum this summer.

“The museum is an excellent resource for the needs of our group and helps to illustrate that history is not a thing of the past” said Matt Milliken, group leader of the SELB.

Teenagers from both traditions in Northern Ireland explored past conflicts at Clare Museum
Teenagers from both traditions in Northern Ireland
explored past conflicts at Clare Museum.
Photo: SELB

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