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Students score for peace in Buncrana 08.10.13

SOME 150 children from different backgrounds have taken part in a soccer tournament in Buncrana designed to break down barriers to peace.
The children from mainstream and disability secondary schools in Donegal and Derry took part in Football4Peace funded by the International Fund for Ireland (IFI). The football festival, supported by the FAI and NI Football Association, was held at Maginn Park, Buncrana, Co Donegal.
Co-ordinator Damien McColgan said: “By providing a fun setting for pupils to mix with each other, it has been a real success in bringing local children together who might not have interacted before - creating new friendships along the way."
The IFI's Mary Devlin said the tournament was a good example of how reconciliation could be achieved through sport. "Initiatives like this have a very positive impact for reconciliation by promoting greater cross-community links and indeed friendships between participants," she said.
Mayor of Limavady Gerry Mullan, Mary Devlin, International Fund for Ireland and Mayor of Derry Martin Reilly, with winners of Individual Awards at the Football-4-Peace event. (Photo - Tom Heaney, nwpresspics)
The programme is a joint venture between Inishowen Development Partnership, the Northern Irish Football Association, the Football Association of Ireland, Limavady Grass Roots and the Inishowen School Boys League. Funding for the programme has been primarily provided by the International Fund for Ireland under its Building Foundations, Community Based Economic and Social Regeneration Programme.
Meanwhile, Councillor Gerry Mullan, Mayor of Limavady; Councillor Martin Reilly, Mayor of Derry and Mary Devlin, Programme Manager, International Fund for Ireland, helped with the presentations at the prize-giving ceremony at Maginn Park. To view more photos click here .
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