Dealing with the past in Northern Ireland can have very different connotations than in other parts of the world.
Every newspaper, every news bulletin will carry some reference to a historic event, very often in a tragic context.
However, in a more constructive development, a Northern Irish bursary scheme which aims to revive the ancient craft skills needed to maintain historic monuments and buildings is being expanded across the island of Ireland.
Supported by the Prince’s Foundation and delivered by the Historic Environment Division of Stormont’s Department for Communities, six students have been learning the stone masonry, thatching, metal forging and woodworking techniques required for the work.
Such has been its success, it’s now been widened to run similar training in conjunction with the Heritage Council in the Republic. We wish them the best of luck.