By Shelley Marsden
A CAMPAIGN hoping to engage the Irish Diaspora has been launched to find stories of life growing up along the Border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.
Its mission is “to ensure that the stories and experiences of those living in the Border Region during the Northern Ireland Conflict, are captured, replicated and shared in innovative ways accessible to both new and wider audiences locally, regionally and internationally”.
The project as it stands documents the real stories of real people living on the Border during the Troubles, captured in six unique films, gathering a breadth of perspectives of everyday life, for their website to document and educate others.
Now, the Border Lives team has launched a social media campaign inviting the diaspora who once lived on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to tell their stories. These contributions will then be shared at a showcase event in Stormont, Belfast in September, as part of the European-wide social media campaign Border Lives Project.
Using a specially designed Facebook app, the Twitter hashtag #BorderLives and a video explaining the project, the social media team will engage with international media, bloggers and the global online village. People now outside of Ireland are encouraged to share personal memories and experiences and detailing how life has changed since moving away.
Border Lives media officer Sarah Brydon told the Irish World: “We are very excited to engage the Irish and Northern Irish Diaspora across the world who can positively contribute to this project.
“All stories and content will be reviewed by the Border Lives team and then those chosen for publication will be shared on our website, social media sites and also shown at a major project presentation of the Border Lives Project in Stormont on September 30.”
Your story can be in the form of memories, anecdotes or stories that are funny, sad, motivating, emotional or inspiring; you can also share photographs or videos, which will be added to the social media campaign.
You can share your stories with the Border Lives Project via their Facebook app or using the hashtag #BorderLives on Facebook and Twitter so that your stories can be tracked. You can also email your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Border Lives project is run by Tyrone Donegal Partnership and funded by the European Union’s PEACE III Programme.
See more on the project at http://borderlives.eu.