At the opening of the Termon Complex in Pettigo on Monday morning, the Mayor of Donegal Cllr. Ciaran Brogan along with Minister of Finance Arlene Foster (NI) MLa and Thomas Pringle TD, Martin Eaves, Termon Project, Cllr. SEan McEniff and Seamus Neely, CEO Donegal Co. Council. INDD 1712 Termon 1 MVB
Monday last was a very special day in Pettigo and Tullyhommon with the official launch of the Termon Project which has seen these unique cross border villages transformed into an idyllic picturesque place for both locals and visitors to the area.
A PEACE III funded initiative, the Termon Project has seen the provision of much needed community and recreational facilities in the form of a state of the art Termon Centre, a pedestrian footbridge, a riverside park and the refurbishment of the Methodist Hall in Tullyhommon as well as an environmental improvement scheme and a heritage paint scheme.
Minister of State at the Gaeltacht Joe McHugh TD welcomes Northern Ireland’s Minister of Finance Arlene Foster. MLA to Pettigo on Monday morning last. INDD 1712 Termon 2 MVB
The local community came out in force on Monday last to welcome Northern Ireland’s Finance Minister Arlene Foster, Minister of State Joe McHugh TD, Ms Gina McIntyre, Chief Executive of the Special EU Programmes Body, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Ciaran Brogan and Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Cllr. Thomas O’Reilly as well as local elected representatives and other officials.
The official ceremony commenced with guests being treated to a musical feast by students from both Kesh National School and Scoil Mhuire Pettigo and this introduced a truly festive theme to the proceedings.
Liam Ward Director of Service with Donegal County Council performed Masters of Ceremony at the official launch.
Declaring the magnificent Termon Complex in Pettigo officially open on Monday morning. Ministers Arlene Foster MLA and Minister Joe McHugh RF along with Gina McIntyre, SEUPB and Martin Eaves of ADoPT. INDD 1712 Termon 3 MVB
Cllr Ciaran Brogan in his opening address paid tribute to the local community in their tremendous achievement and stated that this project will without doubt leave a lasting legacy for the people of Pettigo and Tullyhommon not least the children of the area.
Arlene Foster, Finance Minister felt that is was fitting to be celebrating this official launch during advent, in that advent is a time of preparation and a time of hope. She added that this project signifies all that is special about this community and described the Termon Centre as a physical manifestation of peace itself.
She added that the physical regeneration is only one part of the work and that this project is about the community and about the people and that the work is only just beginning. She hopes that the new PEACE IV Programme will build upon the achievements of this project resulting in deeper links between communities across the border.
A joint and united approach to the development of cross border communities. Ministers Joe McHugh TD and Arlene Foster MLA give the pupils of Kesh Primary School and Scoil Mhuire, Pettigo a helping hand. INDD 1712 Termon 4 MVB
In his address, Seamus Neely, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council stated that he is delighted to see how this fabulous proposal has now become a wonderful reality. He acknowledged that the development of our communities is at the heart of the work of Councils on both sides of the border.
“The communities in this area have experienced many challenges and none more so than during the Troubles. The need to invest in greater community interaction and in the physical regeneration of the area were at the top of the list for ADoPT when it started it’s work more than 20 years ago. Their approach to doing business in a collaborative and open way, whilst demanding at times, has set in place a process that will have a positive lasting legacy for their communities for many years to come.”
Mr. Neely also acknowledged the huge benefit that the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) brings to this region and thanked them for their investment in building sustainable communities and stated that he is looking forward to working with them into the future.
Minister’s Joe McHugh TD and Arlene Foster MLA along with the pupils and staff of Kesh Primary School and Scoil Mhuire in Pettigo at the opening of the Termon Complex. INDD 1712 Termon 5 MVB
Ms. Gina McIntyre, Chief Executive Officer of the SEUPB expressed her absolute delight to be at the official launch and stated that it was an honour to provide money to make this project a reality for this community.
She also acknowledged the difficulties that the community faced recently with the flooding in the village but remarked on the picturesque beauty of the villages on her arrival that morning.
Mr. Martin Eves, Chair of ADoPT also addressed the gathering and stated that it gave him great pleasure to welcome everyone to the Termon Centre. He provided a short history of the villages of Pettigo and Tullyhommon and how they were impacted during the Troubles stating that the villages were decimated and that up to 16 roads in the area were closed during this time leaving the village isolated and polarised.
He added that many of the young people grew up without knowing their neighbours and this had a devastating effect on the community. He thanked the funders, as well as Donegal County Council and Fermanagh & Omagh District Council and the entire community for their hard work and dedication during the development of the project and he concluded by saying that now the ‘hard work’ begins making sure the Centre is used by the community and keeping the momentum alive.
Rev. Eleanor Hayden described the official launch as a significant moment in the life of the community and it was fitting to take time to be thankful and to acknowledge all that has been achieved. She thanked Mr. Mervin Rowe for his contribution to the success of this shared space.
Ms. Tracey Megarg from DARD addressed the gathering and acknowledged that this is a special day for people of Pettigo & Tullyhommon and that they should be proud of their achievement. She noted that this is an outstanding example of the impact of a shared living space in one of the most beautiful parts of the country.
Minister Joe McHugh T.D. also acknowledged all the stakeholders involved in this project and described it as a massive catalyst for change within the local area. He explained that the name ‘Termon’ comes from the Irish word for a sheltered place and that this is most fitting as the community has created a place of shelter, a safe place and a shared space for all generations and for the entire community.
The ceremony concluded with an Ecumenical blessing conducted by Fr. Ronan McAnneney.
Minister Joe McHugh TD along with Maura Moss (Tús) and Ciaran Moss at the opening of the Termon Complex. INDD 1712 Termon 6 MVB
Gerry Forde, Rev. Brian Harrisson and Phil Doherty at the opening of the Termon Complex on Monday morning last. INDD 1712 Termon 7 MVB
Deputy Thomas Pringle along with SDLP Cllr. John Coyle, Maura and Annie Cox, and Anne McGrath at the Termon Complex. INDD 1712 Termon 8 MVB
Tipped to be Northern Ireland’s next First Minister , Arlene Foster MLA and Minister of Finance along with Cllr. Noel Jordan at the opening of the Termon Complex in Pettigo INDD 1712 Termon 9 MVB
Brenda Hegarty and Anne Marie Conlon at the official opening of the Termon Complex in Pettigo on Monday Morning last. INDD 1712 Termon 10 MVB
Barney McLaughlin, DCC, Francie Coyle and Eunan Quinn of the Planning Dept. in Donegal Co. Council. INDD 1712 Termon 11 MVB
Ministers Arlene Foster MLA and Joe McHugh TD along with Tracy Meharg, Gina McIntyre and Cllr. Thomas O’Reilly Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council. INDD 1712 Termon 12 MVB
Cllrs Noel Jordan and Barry Doherty along with Cllrs. Sean McEniff and Tom Conaghan at the official opening of the Termon Complex on Monday last. INDD 1712 Termon 12a MVB