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Braniel group enjoy history lesson

Published: Fri, 11 Apr 2014
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The trip was made possible by the bric Programme
Braniel residents Boyne trip
Members of Braniel Community Association stepped back in time recently on a historical visit to the Battle of the Boyne site and museum in Drogheda.
Facilitated by the EU Peace III funded Building Relationships in Communities (bric) Programme, the day-long trip brought the group up close and personal to the sights and sounds of one of the pivotal events in Northern Ireland history.
The trip was made possible by the bric Programme as part of its commitment to cultivating good relations in social housing areas in Northern Ireland. The initiative is a unique partnership between the Rural Development Council, Housing Executive and Tides Training and is currently operating in almost 90 locations across the province.
David Park, Chairperson of Braniel Community Association, said: “The visit to the Boyne Museum has been both educational and entertaining for our group and has really helped give us a better understanding of the events that took place around there.
“We intend to take what we have learned from the trip and pass it on to our community as we continue to work with the bric Programme, Housing Executive and Tides Training in the coming weeks.
“On behalf of Braniel Community Association, I would like to thank the bric Programme for its continued support.”
Kerry McIvor, bric Programme Manager, said: “Study visits like this help give communities a greater insight into our shared history and are crucial in improving social cohesion at grassroots levels.
“Improving and maintaining Good Relations is an integral component of the bric Programme and we are very excited to be able to support Braniel Community Association and the people it serves. “Through our working partnership with the Housing Executive and Tides Training, the bric Programme is currently active across Northern Ireland and strives to enhance community relations, improve the environment of local areas, and benefit local residents.
Raj Thompson, our Good Relations Officer, said: “The Housing Executive is delighted to be associated with the bric Programme and welcome visits like this as they provide residents with real insights into historical events and personalities which have had major impacts on history.
“The bric Programme strives to improve community spirit by creating neighbourliness and inclusiveness in all aspects of community life. This is achieved by building relationships and understanding through packages specifically tailored to suit each group involved.”