Can this Janus-faced little statue from pre-Christian times, found on Boa Island in Lower Lough Erne, in County Fermanagh, be taken as a symbol of the present state of Ireland? Both sides are inseparably united, but the two faces stare in quite opposite directions.
As we travel along the highways and byways you will often ask the question which side of the border are you in. How do you distinguish both parts of Ireland from each other? On both sides of border you find sun, wind and rain which make the ditches and fields radiate those bright colours of green; both sides of those small country roads meander through undulating hills and countryside and on both sides of the border everyone is extremely friendly and welcoming.
There are signposts welcoming you to a county but never giving an indication of which territory you are in. Today there are no border controls, the border has simply disappeared but the history of conflict of years gone by has not been forgotten. The sentence “There’s no border any more” is heard from both sides and it’s always a sentence that sounds full of hope.
In our tours we will bring to life the story of 5000 years of ancient and living history.
The fact that the people on both sides of the border are no longer like the Janus Figure, and do not look into opposite directions any more – they all look to where the hope is… they all look ahead.