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Lough Life

Published: Thur, 17 Sep 2015
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The Omagh Ethnic Group which enjoyed a cross community inter-cultural trip to Riverwatch
Omagh group Foyle trip August 2015
Life in loughs, rockpools, the deep sea, ponds, lakes, rivers, canals and streams were all on show in the aquariums at Riverwatch.
All of this and more was enjoyed by the Omagh Ethnic Communities Support Group (OECSG) which recently paid a visit.
As part of the group’s commitment to fostering good relations they recently travelled to the Loughs Agency in Derry~Londonderry.  The cross community inter-cultural trip was supported by the Housing Executive’s Community Cohesion Team.  
It proved an exciting time as the families enjoyed learning more about the eight different marine / freshwater habitats found in the local area. Whilst it was all about having fun together there were more serious messages to be learned as the trip brought people from different cultural backgrounds together in a relaxed forum to create greater awareness of the importance of cultural diversity.  
Nick Cassidy, Development Officer, at the Omagh Ethnic Communities Support Group commented:
“They say every day is a school day and our day trip to the North-West was no exception.  We learned lots about the amazing marine life in our own area as well as about each other’s backgrounds and interests.  
“It has broadened all our horizons and was a terrific opportunity for everyone able to go.  On behalf of the group I’d like to thank the Housing Executive for their valuable support.”
Marilyn Giboney, the Housing Executive’s Good Relations Officer was pleased to support the group and said:
“This was an excellent opportunity to help foster good relations in the Omagh area, break down cultural barriers and improve understanding through a shared experience.  
“It was great to see the families enjoying their day out and it was a super chance for people new to Northern Ireland to see the diversity within our marine and freshwater aquatic life.”