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The Good Relations Team at Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council would like to invite you to come and join us in a series of educational visits. The informative visits are part of a series of “opening doors” to places participants would not traditionally visit and are organised as part of our “Through the Looking Glass” programme. The visits provide participants with opportunities to explore the range of different cultures and traditions that make up the rich diversity in Northern Ireland.  

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

 Over 30 participants made the visit to Duncairn Arts and Cultural Centre, the 174 Trust and the Indian Community Centre on 16th October during Hate Crime Awareness Week.

This was an opportunity for those attending to learn about the history of Duncairn and the 174 Trust in relation to building positive and meaningful good relations and working to develop shared spaces. It was also an opportunity for those attending to hear about the rich culture and heritage of the Hindu and Indian Community.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Over 40 participants took part in the visit to Drumalis House. 

The day provided an opportunity to learn more about the retreat centre in Larne, which is owned and managed by the Sisters of the Cross and Passion, a ministry of reconciliation and nurturing. The house itself has a diverse history, and was built by Hugh Smiley in 1872 who added to it in stages right up to his death in 1909. 

The Drumalis grounds are the location of the famous Larne gun running in 1912, providing a direct route from the harbour to towns and villages across County Antrim.  Participants also enjoyed a walking tour of Ballycarry, ably facilitated by well-known historian David Hume. They heard about the history of the village, which is home to the oldest congregation in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, founded in 1613.  The tour featured the rich Ulster Scots heritage of the village and highlighted the life and times of James Orr (1770-1816) an outstanding Weaver Poet. His life encapsulates the most radical period of Ulster Scots history when the east Ulster Presbyterians took part in the United Irish Rebellion of 1798.  

Due to the govenment guidance in relation to the current  Covid crisis all visits have been cancelled.

Bebhinn McKinley Good Relations Officer