Cultural Youth Exchange, IRD Duhallow, Ireland

Scottish Rural Development Programme priority: 
Supporting rural communities
Contact Person: Conor Judge Email: Phone: +35329 60633

Summary of Project

IRD Duhallow currently has numerous youth orientated projects ongoing, which would hopefully form the basis of an international co-operation project with a similarly minded partner LAG. In conjunction with these, some of groups have a cultural focus, which would add a further dimension to the output through cross-cultural learning and an expansion of the theme of identity.

More information

1) Sliabh Luachra has long been recognised as the bedrock of Irish traditional music, song, dance and culture.  The current group of young people who are steeping themselves in the tradition at the purpose built Bruach na Carraige would greatly benefit from a better understanding of the similarities and differences of other musical traditions. it may also expand on the usefulness of cultural trails as key tourism assets.


2) IRD Duhallow also has a pioneering new program aimed at young adults not in education or employment. It would be particularly advantageous for this group to be given the opportunity to explore another culture given the current personal development they are undergoing and the structured training courses they are receiving. Given the socio-economic background of this group, a structured exchange has the possibility of being life changing for some of this cohort.


3) Duhallow also has a number of resurgent Pipe bands who are well versed in competing internationally. This pipebands exist at the fringes of the Irish pipeband scene but have a long cultural tradition and the learnings from similarly positioned Scottish pipebands would be invaluable given the development of the sector there. These pipebands are a key part of the cultural fabric of Duhallow playing at St.Patricks Day Parades to local football matches and any potential output has a high potential reach.

What we are looking for in partners

Any in the UK.