New border memories project

A new project focusing on the closure of border roads and its impact on people’s lives has just been launched.

Details of the ‘Border Roads to Memories and Reconciliation Project’ were revealed at Derry’s Playhouse Theatre.

The programme will focus on the entire 350 mile border corridor, stretching from Derry and Donegal in the north west to the Newry/Dundalk area in the east of the country.

It will encompass counties Derry, Donegal, Tyrone, Fermanagh, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan, Armagh, Down and Louth.

The ‘Border Roads to Memories & Reconciliation Project’ aims to provide an opportunity and space for residents along both sides of the border to remember and express their feelings in relation to the closure of border roads and the impact this had on their lives.

The intention is to digitally record the “feelings of segregation and marginalisation” that this sector of the population experienced and to link these accounts with recovered photographs and newly recorded audio visual and make them available on a new interactive website.

By October 2014, the website will create the legacy to this unique period in our island’s history.

Project Manager, Padraic Smyth, underlined the importance of capturing this information before it gets lost.

He said: “This project is about creating an opportunity for people from both sides of the closed border roads to have a voice on the impact of the closures.

“They can also share their experiences with the wider community so that people from all sides of the community have the opportunity to walk in someone else’s shoes.”

For further information on the project, contact any member of the Project Team on +353 42 97 42003 or email