31/10/2014 Minister Humphreys launches Erne Cot Boat at Crom Castle as part of cross border project

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys T.D., was today (Friday) joined by the Northern Ireland Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Arlene Foster MLA, to launch a Lough Erne Cot Boat in the grounds of Crom Castle in County Fermanagh.

The Cot Boat was built by a cross-border group of men from the Cavan Town Men’s Shed and the South East Fermanagh Foundation. The project was funded through PEACE III, a distinctive programme part-funded by the European Union through its Structural Funds, which aims to build progress towards a peaceful and stable society and contribute towards a shared society for everyone.

Speaking today Minister Humphreys said:
“As an Irish Minister from a border county, I am acutely familiar with the very positive projects which have taken place thanks to PEACE III. Just over a month ago I attended, along with our President Michael D Higgins, the official opening of the Peace Link in Clones, in Monaghan. The Peace Link is a fantastic sporting facility, an iconic project funded by the PEACE III programme.

“This project here at Crom Castle, which saw two groups of men from either side of the border come together for some good old-fashioned hard work to build a traditional Cot boat, is the perfect embodiment of the aims and principles of PEACE III.

“I would like to commend Cavan County Council for recognising that this boat building project could be used as an effective way to build positive relations between both communities north and south of the Border by coming together to work on this project. Indeed it is very impressive what the men have achieved in just three months.

“Through this project, the participants have allowed cross border relationships to be built in a unique environment. The participants have forged an understanding of each other and built friendships which I hope will continue to flourish in the years ahead.”

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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