An ancient land is reborn

High-tech tools are relighting the ancient fire of a hidden land. An old province of Ireland has burst into life again with a 1,200-page website, half-hour TV-style documentary and full-colour travel guide. Bréifne is reborn. The north-west borderland bridging parts of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland has kept its secrets – until now. For the depth and drama of its dream-like landscape is unveiled by this suite of electronic resources.   Internet users become immersed in awe-inspiring aerial photos, mysterious myths and handy hints of how to get there. They can even create their own map online.  DVD viewers are drawn into spectacular scenes of Celtic culture – with sweeping shots of craggy peaks, coastlines and castles. Local experts share the ‘inside story’ of the region. It’s already caught the attention of Irish Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Eamon Ryan. He described the whole project as ‘a tangible example of the kind of benefits cross border co-operation can bring’. The initiative emerged from the councils of Cavan, Fermanagh, Leitrim, Sligo and Roscommon; Geological Survey of Ireland; Geological Survey of Northern Ireland; and Cavan County Enterprise Board – funded by the Special EU Programmes Body. Bréifne is open for business at www.breifne.ie .