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Local stories from both sides of the Foyle enthral audience at book launch
Over 200 people gathered in the North West Regional College’s new Theatre in the Foyle Building in Derry/Londonderry to celebrate the launch of a new book ‘Forging Friendships’ the third book to be published by the highly successful History Links project.   Joe Mahon of Lesser Spotted Ulster fame, officially launched the book which was written by eight participating groups from the Inishowen area and the Limavady Borough
Funded by the International Fund for Ireland, the project builds on the success of the original History Links project, and is a collaborative project developed by the Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre, Co Donegal Vocational Educational Committee and North West Regional College.   
Over 100 participants from different backgrounds on both sides of the border engaged in the programme where they explored the history and culture of their own area and shared their respective histories before, during and after the troubles. 
Speaking at the launch Mr Adrian Johnston of the International Fund for Ireland said: “The Fund is proud to support this innovative and exciting project which uses information and communications technology to promote reconciliation through the exploration of local history.  The History Links project asked people to share their stories, their experiences – of childhood and growing up; of how and where they worked through the years; of leisure activities and living and of the heritage of their area. Through sharing both their personal histories and the histories of each of their communities, it is clearly evident that there is much more common ground to unite than difference to divide.   Having already proved its value in East Donegal and West Tyrone, we now see the fruits of this successful project in Inishowen and the Limavady district. I would like to acknowledge the support of our international donors who have supported the work of the International Fund for Ireland since 1986, namely the United States of America, the European Union, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Stephen McNamee, Project Co-ordinator said: “this is a wonderful achievement on behalf of the current group of participants. This book is different from our previous two as we get more of a maritime feel, which is to be expected from groups on both banks of Lough Foyle.  There is now a wealth of information, stories and recordings available both in the book and on our project website On behalf of the promoters and everyone involved in the project, I would like to say a huge thank you the International Fund for Ireland for supporting the History Links projects since its inception in 2009”.

Shaping our Stories Trailer
This short film documents the experiences of the History Links Project members of West Tyrone and East Donegal. The entire film will be available on the History Links Project Website at the end of January. Click below to go to the history links project website.
Click here to view the trailer on the History Links Project blog page.
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