Press Release

 People affected by conflict – People displaced from home


Press Release: Opening reception at 6pm, 19 September 2013, County Museum Dundalk, County Louth. Exhibition continues until 25 October 2013.


In 1969 the largest evacuation of refugees since World War II took place in Ireland as thousands of people fled across the border to escape the unfolding conflict in Northern Ireland. In subsequent years the border counties continued to be heavily impacted –many people were injured or killed in bombings and shootings – others were imprisioned or displaced.


In the mid 1990s increasing political and economic stabilty created the conditions for a new demographic shift with the arrival of asylum seekers and refugees from all over the world. These people often experienced the same fears and anxieties as their counterparts from the north. They also encountered similar suspicions and prejudices on arrival in their new homes.


Following the Good Friday agreement and the cessation of hostilities people have questioned how to address the legacy of conflict? Aftermath brings together people directly affected by trauma to share their experiences through, music, film and photography. Filmmaker and Aftermath Director Laurence McKeown and commissioned artist Anthony Haughey have worked closely with the participants to produce a major touring exhibition and programme of curated events.


Aftermath sets out to explore the less visible signs of post conflict which reveal underlying questions connected to hidden histories, unresolved antagonisms, and personal hopes and dreams.

County Museum Dundalk, Roden Place, Jocelyn Street, Dundall, County Louth., Ireland. Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm. Admission to the exhibition is free.

T. (+353) 42  9327056. E.


For press information or to arrange an interview contact:

Dr Laurence McKeown, Director, Aftermath Project on

T. 085 8423656 E.

Dr Anthony Haughey on T 0876124147 E.

Brian Walsh E.  http:/ /




The County Louth Aftermath project is supported by the European Union’s PEACE III Programme as awarded by Louth Peace and Reconciliation Partnership







The AFTERMATH project uses discussion and creative, artistic approaches to story-telling and life stories to highlight the issues and needs of the participants drawn from the target groups. The AFTERMATH project is not a campaigning or lobbying group on behalf of victims/survivors or displaced persons. It does not hold a view on the politics or morality of the conflict in and about Northern Ireland or in other countries. It is inclusive, and works wiht participants to highlight their issues and needs and to offer support and advice where possible. Following it’s launch in the County Museum, Dundalk the exhibition will tour to: Gallery of Photography, Dublin, 30 Oct – 10 Nov; Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry 14 Nov – 30 Nov: Belfast Exposed 5 Dec – 21 Dec.

For press information or to arrange an interview contact:

Dr Laurence McKeown, Director, Aftermath Project on T. 085 8423656



Diversity Challenges (DC) is the lead partner.

Diversity Challenges was founded in 2001. Its vision is: a society in which people understand, and take responsibility for, the shared and distinctive traditions of all communities. It aims to assist culturally specific groups in integrating community relations principles and considerations within all aspects of their work. Diversity Challenges has expertise and experience of working with a wide range of cultural groups.

Contact: Will Glendinning http:/ /


Other partners include;

The Integration Centre (TIC)

The Integration Centre is an established leading organisation in connecting communities and advancing integration between migrants and the broader society across Ireland. It is committed to building an inclusive society where migrants and their families are fully and equally involved. The Integration Centre promotes the integration and inclusion of immigrants. TIC has an increasing membership network of 250 community groups and organisations in Ireland, including in County Louth.

Contact: Tosin Omiyale


County Museum, Dundalk (CMD)

The County Museum, Dundalk is an award-winning museum covering the historical development of County Louth from the Stone Age to the present day. It is a service provided and funded by Dundalk Town Council. Its mission commits it to inspire a familiarity with the past through the collection, conservation, and communication of the

historical heritage of County Louth and its wider community. Its involvement with the AFTERMATH project reflects the natural extension of this principle, by actively assisting not only the collection of oral testimonies but also their dissemination for future generations or through the development of a research archive. With significant experience of organising and developing such archives the Museum brings a critical degree of specialist expertise to the project.

Contact: Brian Walsh  http:/ /


Rural Community Network (RCN)

The Rural Community Network is established in County Louth through the Rural Enabler Programme and has an office in a rural area, has contacts especially in the rural community, has experience in conducting capacity building amongst community groups and organisations (an aspect of this project which we wouldsee as being integral to it), and   the capacity and already-established networks through which to distribute information verbally and written.

Contact: Charmain Jones http:/ /


PEACE III Boilerplate




  • The Special EU Programmes Body is a North/South Implementation Body sponsored by the Department of Finance and Personnel in Northern Ireland and the Department of Finance in Ireland. It is responsible for managing two EU structural funds Programmes PEACE III and INTERREG IVA designed to enhance cross-border co-operation, promote reconciliation and create a more peaceful and prosperous society. The programmes operate within a clearly defined area including Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and in the case of INTERREG IVA, Western Scotland.
  • The PEACE III Programme is worth €333 million and is aimed primarily at reinforcing progress towards a peaceful and stable society and promoting reconciliation.  It focuses on helping Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland to reconcile communities and contribute towards a shared society.
  • For more information on the SEUPB please visit