Peace IV Cross Border Heritage Programme

The Rural Centre has been appointed through Mid Ulster District Council to provide research, management and facilitation of a bespoke programme that will engage and develop sustained linkages through shared heritage between Mid Ulster District Council and Donegal County Council and groups within these areas.

The shared heritage will focus on The O’Neill and clans of Ancient Ulster with significance for Mid Ulster and Donegal. The programme presents an opportunity for joint working between both Councils and local interest groups. The relevant areas are places of shared significant heritage; with the close links between the Ancient Clans leading to the ‘flight’ of the Earls which took place from Rathmullan, Co Donegal; with the ‘Earls’, themselves coming from both Donegal and Dungannon.

This event is important in our shared heritage and, along with the subsequent Plantation of Ulster, had a huge significance in the history and development of the areas. The programme is not only focused on bringing people together from across the border but also people from different community and religious backgrounds; with the aim of seeking to make a positive contribution to building a cohesive society and developing sustainable cross border contacts. The programme is part funded by the European Union ERDF fund through Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

The timeline for the delivery of the Programme is to commence June 2018 and complete May 2020.


1. Research into heritage of the O’Neill and clans: Research will focus on the Ancient clans of Ulster (O’Neill and O’Donnell) sites and their linkages (including exploring wider linkages to the Plantation at relevant sites); up to 14 sites will be identified in cooperation with Councils including (but not all) sites at Hill of The O’Neill, Tullaghogue Fort and then linking across the border to Donegal and sites including Rathmullan and An Griananan Aileach (other smaller sites to be identified as part of the research that are of interest).

2. Development of a booklet and interactive app: The booklet an app will capture the cross border heritage sites identified in the research to create a cross border trail of heritage sites of the Ancient clans of Ulster (O’Neill and O’Donnell).

3. Facilitation/ connection of local interest groups in Mid Ulster & Donegal This will include the facilitation of workshops and discussions between the cross border groups. (100 people: 25 participants in Council Area – 10 history/interest groups participating from Mid Ulster and 10 history/interest groups from Donegal) across the 6 study visits (including heritage weekends).

4. Heritage Weekends: Heritage Weekends Mid Ulster x 2 First Heritage weekend 13 & 14 Sept 2018 Heritage Event Donegal x 2 Heritage event in Mid Ulster to be over 2-3 days and Donegal over 1-2 day to be linked to existing heritage event/activity. Mid Ulster heritage weekend to include a formal launch with evening celebration for up to 100 people at Hill of The O’Neill. Date: 13 Sept 2018

5. Study Visits and workshops: Three Mid Ulster Visits: 3 – 4 visiting groups with 3 – 4 local groups participating in 2 day study visits with overnight stay for visiting group. 2 heritage site visits 2 workshops. \First Study visit during Heritage weekend 13 & 14 Sept 2018

Three Donegal Visits: 3 – 4 visiting groups with 3 – 4 local groups participating in 2 day study visits with overnight stay for visiting group. 2 heritage site visits 2 workshops. First Donegal visit proposed Oct 2018.

Participants must commit to at least 26hrs contact time during visits