Across the Lines

The Across the Lines programme at The Glens Centre hosts two cross-border creative projects ‘about the border’ online this week.

The Border Between Us visual storytelling event involving the streaming of eleven micro- films on Tuesday 23rdFebruary can be viewed on The Glens Centre YouTube channel  @ 7pm and we reveal a new Women’s Living History Pamphlet collaboratively created by  members of the Coiníní Women’s Group (Manorhamilton).

Twenty people from Leitrim and Fermanagh took part in these two twelve-week long lockdown projects through autumn/winter 2020/2021.

The Creativity Upskilling programme facilitated by Monica Corish and Rachel Webb, engaged people from different community backgrounds across the border, south and north in learning new creative skills, with a specific focus on the bringing together of words and images using every-day phone technology tools. The programme also created an opportunity for participants to engage with the theme ‘borders’, listening and sharing as part of a group throuhg words and image.  Speaking about working with a group of people from different community and cultural backgrounds, the writer and tutor Monica Corish said “It‘s been important to hear a range of different voices and to hear the variety of experiences of the Irish border, and how those experiences were shaped by history and geography, family and culture; as well as seeing the different ways participants engaged with ‘borders’ as a wider theme”. Whilst the two projects are distinct, emerging ‘themes’ mirror and echo one another. 

The second project, was undertaken as a creative ‘living history’ project and was undertaken by a group of women who come from “all around the world” and are now connected to the town of Manorhamilton. This work follows on from theri previous enquiry into the meaning and impact of the Irish Constitution and its accomodation of women today.   The group decided to look at the related issue of ‘the irish border’ with facilitators enabling a reflective and creative space for enquiry and story-telling. Participants shared, gathered their own stoires and reflections about the border, and engaged their imaginations around the future. Tutor Sonia Norris writing in the introduction to the pamphlet states “as we started out in our conversations there was a lack of acknowledgement around the impact of the Northern Irish border’, however ‘through the project recognition of the influence a geographical and politicised border has had on us as individual women grew’. For some women the sharing of stories of the border-past has been “cathartic” and for others the project provided an outlet to current on present day cricumstances of covid 19 prohibited border crossings and their impacts on daily family life.  


Feedback gathered from participants describe “looking forward to ‘a weekly time-out’,  the weekly get together online as being “the highlight of their week’ and “a real life-saver especially though lockdown”, and for all the opportunity to consider and reflect upon ‘the border’ was timely.

In making the shift to deliver community engagement programmes online, Ruth Gonsalves Moore, Coordinator of the Across the Linesprogramme, expressed her appreciation to the efforts of four tutors Monica Corish, Rachel Webb, Sonia Norris and Treasa Nealon who put in additional time creating engaging content addressing both peace-building goals and creative development needs.

At various stages through the projects participants hatched plans to meet on the Blacklion/Belcoo bridge to read each other’s work out loud! Plans that are on hold until when restrictions lift.  

The Glens Centre thanks the International Fund for Ireland for its ongoing support through CV19 and hopes these projects will further inform future cross community and cross border engagement.  

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Across The Lines Open Mic

The word is out about a truly splendid CROSSING BORDER OPEN MIC happening this Saturday and we are delighted to announce the line-up of Contributors. Showcasing ‘an across the lines ethos’ and celebrating talent and diversity.

Do join us for this event at The Glens Centre You Tube Channel
(Click Link below)


Spread the word! Share with Friends and Family –
South, North, East, West #crossingborders(safely)

We are so appreciative of this collective effort countering isolation. #crossingborders #celebratingplace #liftingourspirits

Supported by Across the Lines IFI Programme
Graphics by Phoebe Dick

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Virtual Open Mic Night!

The Across the Lines IFI funded programme has in the past three years supported Open mic nights, cross border creative writing and song writing sessions in Enniskillen, Blacklion and Manorhamilton. The Open mic nights are about connecting ordinary people who like to perform through their music, poetry, readings, etc. Now as we all are focused on keeping well through this global pandemic, with closed/restricted borders and administrative lock-down, the values underpinning our previous Open Mic get togethers are all the more relevant.
This virtual event also presents an exciting opportunity to connect performers and audience who haven’t been able to physically attend previous Open Mics in this region.

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Next Thursday, the 10th October, a new 8-week series exploring Ulster Protestant identity kicks off at the Glens Centre in Manorhamilton, funded by IFI as part of the Across the Lines programme at The Glens Centre. The Actor and director Adrian Dunbar, no stranger to the region comments:

This looks like a thoughtful and indeed timely intervention. The Ulster Protestant imagination continues to struggle free from orthodoxies unique in these islands. Its lore and commitment to our national imagination is unparalleled.

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Cross border SONG WRITING workshops

As part of the Across the Lines (IFI) programme at The Glens Centre, Manorhamilton.

Local singer songwriters Caimen O Shea (The Thing Itself) and Phoebe Dick (Open Mic Manor) will lead three workshops  running concurrently in Enniskillen and Manorhamilton starting Wed 9th October. All participants come together for three final workshop sessions with Leitrim based performer Perry Blake in Lakeland Community Centre in Belcoo.

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I AM FROM Exhibition travels to Enniskillen

The Across the Lines I AM FROM Exhibition travels to Enniskillen. The Exhibition which includes portraits, the ‘Everyday Heroine’ film-poem and and the poem booklet ‘The rest of the Story’ all of which were written or made by men and women in North Leitrim and Fermanagh (as part of the Across the Lines outreach programme) has opened in Enniskillen Island Town Creative Shop , 1 Paget Square, Enniskillen. The creative space is being programmed by the Big Telly Theatre Company and The Glens Centre is delighted Fermanagh Omagh Council and the programmer Paddy McEneaney (a Manorhamilton man) has included I AM FROM Exhibition in the programme. The I AM FROM is now opened and is available to view until the 21st Sept, and it will also be available for vieiwng on Culture Night.
North Leitrim Mens Group, Belcoo Men’s Shed, Enniskillen and Lisnaskea Men’s Shed and meeting together in Ennsikillen on Fri 13th Sept at 11am to launch the Exhibition and other Men’s groups in the area are invited to drop-in on Fri am. (Please let Ruth know by emailing The groups will also begin the design their next cross border project (Across the Lines IFI) which will result in a short campaign video on the benefits of mens groups, facitiated by Joel Smyth (NLMG) and community film-maker David Spence.

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Choral Spectacular!

“No matter how many walls we build fences we stretch across this landscape….”*

Hawk and the Crow, Hawk and the Crow (Florencecourt Primary School)

Shores Of Lough Bran (Mastersons National School)

Reconciliation (Curravgh National School plus all)

Both sides of the Tweed (Florencecourt Primary school plus All)

This land is your land (All School Pupils)

Common Ground (Robbie Breadon)

Pluirin na mBan (Cathy Jordan)

Quiet joys of Brotherhood (Sing Together Irvinestown and Manorhamilton)

Deep Down in my Soul (Sing Together Irvinestown and Manorhamilton)

From a Distance (Borderlands Southern Gospel Choir)

Hallelujah (BorderlandsSGC and Solo section by Declan Drohan, Eve and Annabeth Drohan)

Sanctuary Words by Vincent Woods. Music: MartIn O’Connor. Performed Cathy and Dave Flynn

Both Sides Now (Ballagh Choir Of Ages)

Moana How Far I’ll Go (Ballagh Choir Of Ages)

Here’s a Health to the company (3 Choirs)

How Can I keep from Singing (All)

Peace Train (All)

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