Friday 2nd May saw a delegation of 20 representatives from the 30 municipalities in Kosovo, visit Darkley House.

They came to hear what reconciliation looks like in a rural context in South Armagh. Many of them were key leaders from their regions and were keen to learn more about the peace-building process in Northern Ireland.

Kosovan delegation

The roof is on and a date set for opening of the Coach House Enterprise Park.

Building work continues at a rapid rate and August 8th has been set as the date for the official opening. The roof is now on and the internal rooms taking shape.

Coach House

Signs of Hope appeared around Crossmaglen and Cullyhanna recently. Volunteers and staff from Crossfire Trust erected signs at various key points around the area.

Signs of hope for the future

SIgns of hope for the future

Crossfire Trust have just received confirmation for funding to redevelop the garages at the rear of Darkley House.

The garages which have been useful storeage for various parts of Crossfire Trust over the years are to be demolished and six appartments for independent living created.


After two years of sacrifical service as Youth Worker at Crossfire Trust, Phil McEvoy has left Crossfire Trust to take up a position in Social Work.

A Farewell party was held on Monday 14th April, when many of those that Phil has worked with came to say goodbye and to thank Phil for all he had done.

Farewell party

Crossfire Trust Director, Ian Bothwell led a team of volunteers in a moment of reflection at the Tree of Hope in Poet's Glen, Creggan, South Armagh.

The Tree of Hope was planted on 7th September 2007 in memory of those who lost their lives as a result of suicide in the South Armagh area.

Tree of hope

Maintaining Darkley House and the grounds is a major challenge and Crossfire Trust would not be able to function without the help and support of volunteers.

Each month a Work Day is scheduled and volunteers come from near and far to help with whatever tasks need to be done.

Poly tunnel

Saturday 15th March saw residents and staff from the Care Programme, join the staff and volunteers of Crossfire Trust in the St Patrick's Day Parade in Armagh.

The theme was 'The Spirit of St Patrick Unites' and whilst it was a windy and rainy day, good fun was had by all and useful contacts made.

Spirit of St Patrick unites

Participants in the Singing Kettle Darkley Together Project were welcomed to Stormont recently by Newry & Armagh MLA Danny Kennedy.

The programme - part-funded by the European Union through the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation and managed for the Special EU Programme Body by Armagh City and District Local Strategy Partnership - aims to develop Darkley as a village of potential and its people aware of their destiny, inner peace, respect and understanding of others' views.

Stormont visit

The Ulster Gazette

Building work has started on the £1million Coach House Regeneration Ltd Community Business Park at Darkley House.

The 12 units have been designed as ‘incubators’ to grow small businesses and enable local people, not only to benefit from this resource, but also the training supportive network it belongs to.

Ulster Gazette article - 28 February 2008