Participants on a Clanrye Group’s PEACE IV project visited Krakow, Poland in June as part of their OCN NI Diversity and Good Relations programme and organisers Clanrye Group are running a second programme in September.

The OCN Level 2 Diversity and Good Relations programme is a free project but to be eligible you must live/work in the Newry, Mourne and Down area, and be able to commit to all sessions.  The programme will run for nine weeks and will provide an opportunity for a study trip to Krakow.

Match-funding has been provided by The Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department for Rural and Community Development in Ireland.

To apply please contact Leah on [email protected] or phone 028 3089 8119.

Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Charlie Casey and other Council members joined the locally based group on their trip in June. The project was supported by the EU’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

As part of the three-day visit, the group visited Auschwitz and Birkenau as well as the Salt Mines. Participants felt that this opportunity gave them an insight to different cultures, but also how a country has moved on from historical conflict.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Charlie Casey said, “The visit to Krakow gave the group a deep, and at times emotionally challenging, insight into the traumatic and devastating history of Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps. It also provided the group with a new understanding and knowledge of how a country can move forward and meet the challenges that arise from historical conflict by embracing respect for diversity and good relations at all levels within society.”


To find out more go to: https://www.newry.ie/news/diverse-city/7273-opportunity-to-join-diversity-programme