Mayor backs ‘Good Relations’

Limavady Mayor Cathal McLaughlin. (0705pg33)
Limavady Mayor Cathal McLaughlin. (0705pg33)

Limavady Borough Council’s Mayor Councillor Cathal McLaughlin has voiced his support for ‘Community Relations Week’ at the recent launch, which he attended with Good Relations Officer, Patricia Cameron.

The regional launch of Community Relations Week,was hosted by Derry City Council in the Everglades Hotel.

Organised by the Community Relations Council, “Expressing Identity – Addressing Division” is this year’s theme for Community Relations week, which takes place from Monday, May 20 to Sunday, May 26.

Mayor Councillor Cathal McLaughlin said: “Themes such as Expressing Identity – Addressing Division, Encounter Culture, Same but Different and Your space or mine are all reflective of our commitment to addressing diversity and division in helping to build better relations.

“Throughout Community Relations week a wide range of events and activities are taking place regionally to raise awareness of, and showcase some peace building and diversity work.

“Organisations, both statutory and voluntary should be commended for the peace building work carried out in local communities throughout the year.”

During Community relations week, there is an opportunity for local people to come along to a play, with live music, film and visuals, which tackles issues of identity and reconciliation.

‘End of the War’ will be showcased at Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre / Ionad Ealaíon agus Cultúir Ghleann na Ró on Thursday, May 23 at 7pm.

The show - by Joby Fox - deals with the realities of coming face to face with yourself after a protracted violent conflict.

In the meeting between inner, personal conflicts and the wider conflict in society, Joby questions his own and our identities from a humanitarian rather than a political view. End of the War is Fox’s artistic expression of his personal internal conflict, as a youngster growing up during the Troubles.

The short film Lost Commandos - which was partly shot at Stormont Estate, and included in the play - has been applauded by many as defining the post-conflict era in Northern Ireland.

Good Relations Officer Patricia Cameron said, “This is a great opportunity for local people to come and see this play, which delivers a powerful social message.

“It deals with a range of conflicts, including those which we sometimes have no control over and many of us find ourselves in. I am hoping it gives the audience an insight into the challenges we face… particularly in the changing times we live in today.”

The performance is suited to people aged 18 and over. To reserve a free place, email patricia.cameron@limavady.gov.uk or phone 028 777 60311.