Children from Belfast take their first trip south of the border and visit the site of the Battle of the Boyne.

A group of residents from Mount Vernon estate, a predominantly Protestant working class community in north Belfast, visit the Republic of Ireland for the first time. The trip, funded by the European Union and facilitated by Co-Operation Ireland, was organised by north Belfast community worker George Newell.

George Newell says many from Loyalist communities fear travelling to the Republic of Ireland.

There’s still that perception of crossing that border into enemy territory.

His job is to break down perceptions and to allow people to make a judgement based on their own experiences.

The group travelled to Drogheda in County Louth and visited the site of the Battle of the Boyne.

Fifteen year old Thomas Cochrane is enthusiastic about the visit,

We can learn a bit more of what King Billy has done for us and what is the Battle of the Boyne.

Amanda Ashe who brought one of her sons on the trip believes it is important for children to know about the past.

It is part of our heritage, you know what we’re all about and they need to know part of their history.

Drogheda local historian Seán Collins who travelled with the group, says while the site of the Battle of the Boyne is where Protestants and Catholics were divided,

Maybe it will be the very place where the two traditions will come together again.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 15 August 2004. The reporter is Barry Cummins.