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ISSUE 2: July 2013

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The Centre for Cross Border Studies and the International Centre for Local and Regional Development are supported by the EU's INTERREG IVA Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body

Welcome to BORDER-ZINE...

the E-Zine from the Centre for Cross Border Studies (CCBS) and the International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD).

This information service is an initiative made possible with funding from the EU INTERREG IVA Programme, through the Special EU Programmes Body. It is part of our larger INTERREG IVA Project -  the Ireland Northern Ireland Cross Border Cooperation Observatory, Phase 2 – otherwise known as INICCO-2 that is being jointly managed and delivered by CCBS and ICLRD.

The E-zine is published regularly throughout the year. We welcome your contributions on forthcoming cross-border events, research and other cross-border projects.
If you would like to use our online information bulletin please send your event or news item by email to


The Centre for Cross Border Studies is seeking a Research and Policy Manager to take overall responsibility for the research and policy analysis functions of the Centre. In particular, this will involve a major role in developing and testing tools to be used in capacity-building training for cross-border cooperation and working closely with policy-makers and others working to influence public policies in the island of Ireland and the EU.  Closing date: 26th July 2013.
Further details of the post of Research and Policy Manager and how to apply >>  


The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, was the keynote speaker at the second in the series of all-island 1912-1923 conferences organised by Universities Ireland in Dublin’s Liberty Hall on 15th June.  The conference was entitled '1912-1923: Reflecting on a decade of War and Revolution – The Cause of Labour'.
Further information and podcasts of speeches >>  

INTERTRADEIRELAND - Go-2-Tender Workshops

Go-2-Tender is an InterTradeIreland programme which has been developed to give SMEs the confidence, knowledge and practical skills to tender successfully for public sector contracts particularly on a cross-border basis.The Programme consists of two days of workshops with 1/2 day mentoring for every participant company.
See more >>  


ESPON ATLAS - Territorial Dimensions of the Europe 2020 Strategy

June 2013 - ESPON has published an Atlas to analyse the territorial dimension of the Europe 2020 Strategy and to present the regional and, when possible, urban dimension of Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth as defined in the Strategy.
The ATLAS delivers territorial evidence, including maps that illustrate major trends, potentials and challenges facing regions and cities and allows policy makers comparing and benchmarking their territories towards the targets related to the Strategy.
Download the final report >> [PDF 28Mb]



The four winners of this year’s Universities Ireland North/South postgraduate scholarships (worth €15,000 each) are
  • Kerri Agnew from Newry, Co Down, a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast doing an MA in economics at University College Dublin;  
  • Julianne Cox from Listowel, Co Kerry, a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, doing a Master’s in environmental law and sustainability at Queen’s University Belfast;
  • Patricia Magee from Belfast, a graduate of University of Ulster, doing an MSc in psychotherapy at Dublin City University; and
  • Maria Campbell from Moate, Co Westmeath, a graduate of NUI Galway doing a Master’s in human rights law (cross-border) at NUI Galway and Queen’s University Belfast.
This year’s Universities Ireland PhD bursary for work on the 1912-1923 period (worth €20,000) goes to Luke Dineen from Cork, doing a comparative study of the labour movement in Cork, Galway, Waterford and Derry from 1916 to 1923.

ANNUAL SCoTENS CONFERENCE 10 – 11 October 2013

The annual SCoTENS conference will take place on Thursday – Friday, 10 – 11 October 2013 in the Radisson Blu Sligo Hotel.
The title of the conference will be Learning Teaching: Reimagining the Profession.
The keynote speakers are Professor John MacBeath, from the University of Cambridge and Dr Sotiria Grek from the University of Edinburgh.
In addition to the usual plenary sessions and workshops, Dr Conor Galvin from UCD and the head of the SCoTENS research sub-committee has agreed to lead a special workshop for those intending to apply for SCoTENS ‘Seed funding’ in January 2014.
For further information, please email 



Best Practice and Future Opportunities from across the European Union - 13 June 2013
East Border Region Ltd in conjunction with the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR) recently hosted a Conference in Trim, County Meath to look at Best Practice and Future Opportunities from across the European Union. The conference which was part funded by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA Programme was attended by over 150 delegates, 50 of which were from border regions across Europe.
The theme of the conference was “Cross Border Co-Operation – Best Practice and Future Opportunities from across the European Union


strengthening our voice in Europe
The Northern Ireland European Regional Forum (NIERF) is led by Belfast City Council's European Unit and the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM).
Its objectives are to:
  • maximise EU funding opportunities
  • shape EU policy to the benefit of the region
  • influence future funding calls to the benefit of regional stakeholders.
Forum members come from the private, public and voluntary sectors. They are decision makers within their organisations who can authorise action


9-13 June 2014, Joensuu, Finland – St. Petersburg, Russia
The Association for Borderlands Studies (ABS) invites proposals for individual papers and posters as well as complete panels and roundtables related to multidisciplinary study of borders, border areas and cross-border interaction. The organizing theme for the 2014 World Conference is: Post-Cold War Borders: Global Trends and Regional Responses
Contributions from all world regions are encouraged. 
Further details >>

TALENT FOR GOVERNANCE: Call for applications

The Hague Academy for Local Governance invites young talented local government practitioners to apply for one of its two Talent for Governance programmes organised in September and October of 2013. A minimum of two and a maximum of twenty ambitious young civil servants will be given the opportunity to participate in a 3-week programme including: a two week international training course at The Hague Academy for Local Governance based in the Hague, the Netherlands and a week-long internship at a Dutch Municipality. The choice of programmes for 2013 is either
  • Fiscal Decentralisation & Local Finance (16 September to 5 October 2013) or
  • Local Economic Development – programme (11 to 30 November 2013).
Application Deadline 15 July 2013
Find out more >>  


TOMORROW'S PEACEBUILDERS: Call for applications

Peace Direct are launching Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders’, a new competition to find the best emerging peacebuilding organisations.
Four winning entries will be selected to receive: $4,000 funding for peacebuilding activities; The opportunity to attend a Peace Direct peacebuilder conference or visit another peacebuilding organisation; Promotion of their work online.
All applications must be received by 9 August 2013.
Download the application form, guidance notes and full terms and conditions >>  


The Peace and Sport Awards put the spotlight on initiatives and individuals who have particularly contributed to peace and social stability in the world in 2013. These Awards reward the expertise of various stakeholders working for sustainable peace through sport, through initiatives promoting the best practices in the field. The application process for the Peace and Sport Awards 2013 is now open.  The Peace and Sport Awards ceremony will be held during the Gala Evening of the Peace and Sport International Forum on Thursday, 7 November 2013, in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.
Registration closing date: 8th September 2013
Further information >>  

PEACE PROMS 2014: Registration

Join 300 schools (10,000 children) Nationwide who participate in Peace Proms annually. 
Peace Proms is a choral education project for Primary Schools run by the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland (CBOI). Peace Proms engages children and young people in music and enriches their lives through exceptional musical experiences and performances.
Further information about registration >>  


COCA-COLA THANK YOU FUND: Call for applications

The 2013 Coca-Cola Thank You Fund is inviting applications from non-profit organisations, charities and community groups who are seeking support to develop new and innovative projects or initiatives that encourage communities to lead more balanced, healthy and active lives.  
The Fund, now in its third year, is once again making €125,000 available to eligible non-profit organisations on the island of Ireland.
The Fund is supported by The Federation of Irish Sport, The Wheel and The Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA)
All applications should be submitted via the Coca-Cola website until Friday 19 July, 2013.


The 26th John Hewitt International Summer School: 22nd Jul - 26th Jul 2013

The 26th JHISS brings together in Armagh's Market Place Theatre high-profile writers, artists, performers, speakers and critics to consider this year's theme, "Living Among Strangers: the lost meaning of home" inspired by John Hewitt's poem, 'The Search'
On Monday 22nd July 2013 - The Centre for Cross Border Studies Annual Talk at JHISS: ‘14 years of crossborder collaboration: the usefulness of outsiders’ by Andy Pollak
For booking contact: The Market Place Booking Office

Hands Across the Border Exhibition 2013
The bi-annual Hands Across the Border exhibition, which is run by the Irish Patchwork Society (IPS) and the Northern Ireland Patchwork Guild (NIPG) will be taking place again in 2013.
  • Botanic Gardens in Dublin 11-29th July 2013.
  • Island Arts Centre, Lisburn 3-19th October 2013

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, the biggest celebration of Irish culture anywhere in the world, will arrive in Derry~Londonderry from 11 – 18 August.
Organised by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, this will be an event of truly historical significance with the Fleadh taking place north of the border for the first time since its foundation in 1951.
Further information >> 

2013 Merriman Summer School: 14-18 August, Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare

Title: ‘Ireland, North and South: Two societies growing apart?’ 
This aims to take a hard look at politics, society and culture in the two Irelands over the past 15 years since the Good Friday Agreement.
Among the speakers will be Seamus Heaney and Michael Longley (reading poetry together); the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh, Most Rev Richard Clarke; Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin TD; Alliance East Belfast MP Naomi Long; former head of the Irish School of Ecumenics, Dr Geraldine Smyth, journalists Fintan O’Toole, Dan O’Brien and Susan McKay, and a round table of young politicians from all the main parties on the island discussing the school’s provocative theme. There will be poetry and music and trips to the beautiful Burren countryside.
Queries about registration should be directed to
Further information >>

Events galore around the East Border Region

The East Border Region stretches from the lakes of Monaghan in the West to the coastline of the Ards peninsula in the East, through the majestic Mountains of Mourne to the Southern Shores of Lough Neagh, from the fishing village of Donaghadee through to the cathedral town of Drogheda and the Hill of Tara in Meath.
Further information >>

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