NI 100 Programme of Events
NI 100 Programme of Events
Your guide to what is happening throughout the Centenary Year
Centenary Civic Gift
1 January – 31 December 2021
A centenary birthday is a very special occasion, and even more so in 2021 as we mark 100 years of Northern Ireland. The Mayor is presenting individuals who celebrate their 100th birthday in 2021 with a specially designed Commemorative Coin to serve as a unique memento of this historic year.
Recognition for Organisations Celebrating 100 Years
1 January – 31 December 2021
A celebration of our entrepreneurial talent, recognising organisations and businesses for whom 2021 marks a century of achievement and history. The Mayor is presenting institutions who have been a part of the fabric of our society for the past 100 years with a centenary gift as a token of Councils congratulations.
Ethical and Shared Remembering Programme – Remembering a Decade of Change and Violence 1912-1922
January – February 2021
A series of virtual educational sessions which explored how the events of 1912-1922 changed the course of history on the island of Ireland.
Partition: What did it do for us?
February – March 2021
Following on from the Ethical and Shared Remembering Programme, a series of virtual educational sessions which explored the inherited historical narratives of the Road to Partition and the formation of Northern Ireland to understand how the consequences of these historical events still have an impact today.
‘Hide or Seek?’
Launched March 2021
Launched on the 16th March, Hide or Seek is a post primary educational resource for schools within the Borough which aims to build confidence, resilience, and citizenship in young people, while raising awareness of the political diversity within the Borough. The resource looks at History, Identity, Democracy and Equality of the past up to the present and aims to help young people consider their role in society and promote active engagement in civic life.
Shared Spaces Art Project
(Virtual Exhibition from 6 May 2021)
Creative Arts Competition which provided the perfect opportunity for residents to share their creativity and love for the area to mark the Centenary of Northern Ireland, showcasing the wealth of creative talent existent within the Borough.
Partition in Ireland: Partition of Ulster Exhibition
March 2021 – March 2022
A virtual exhibition exploring the period 1919-1922, connecting local stories to national and international events and raising awareness of this period in our history.
You can now also visit the exhibition at Ballymoney Museum following its recent reopening.
NI 100 Small Grants Programme
7 April – 5 May 2021
A funding programme to enable community and voluntary groups to contribute to the overall programme of events and activities to mark the 100th anniversary of Northern Ireland. Celebrating people, places and products through community, cultural and sporting activities with an opportunity for good relations activities building awareness of the anniversary.
NI 100 Enterprise Fund
12 April – 14 May 2021
Council recognises the incredible entrepreneurial spirit of many people across the Borough who have established businesses that contribute towards the economic prosperity of the area. Supporting the future generation of entrepreneurs, the fund is aimed at new businesses with a track record of two years or less to encourage innovative approaches to their development and growth.
100 Years – Our Famous Sons and Daughters
May 2021 – March 2022
It is the people that make places. An online exhibition showcasing the achievements of 100 individuals with links to the Borough over the last 100 years who have made a positive contribution to people’s lives. Celebrating the area’s most notable sons and daughters, as nominated by the public, the exhibition highlights the very best of our Borough over the last century.
Centenary Church Service
2 May 2021
The coming together of Council as a corporate body for a Service of Commemoration, Thanksgiving and Reflection in St Patrick’s Church, Coleraine to mark the Northern Ireland Centenary. The Lord Lieutenants of Co Londonderry and Co Antrim and other public representatives will join Elected Members in prayer to mark this historic occasion.
Look to the future ‘Tree Planting’
3 May 2021
The Mayor will plant a native oak tree in each of the seven District Electoral Areas as a lasting reminder of the Northern Ireland Centenary for future generations. The trees will be planted across the Borough beginning on Monday 3rd May to coincide with the official Centenary date.
Freedom of the Borough for Royal Portrush Golf Club
21 May 2021
Council will confer the Freedom of the Borough, the highest accolade that it can award to a group or individual, to Royal Portrush Golf Club in recognition of its successful hosting of The 148th Open in 2019. This honour will be bestowed on the Club by the Mayor at a ceremony in Council Headquarters.
Leading Lights: The political figures of a century ago
26 May 2021
This talk by Historian Dr. David Hume MBE, examined the leading political figures when Northern Ireland was established in 1921, and how their lives intertwine with the state which they became part of.
NI 100 Commemorative Floral Displays
Themed floral displays will be created across the Borough enhancing our urban areas while increasing biodiversity.
Armed Forces Day Civic Event
21 June 2021
Council will demonstrate its appreciation and support for the Armed Forces community who have served and are currently serving in Northern Ireland and abroad. The Armed Forces Day flag will be raised on Coleraine Town Hall and a wreath will be laid to remember those who served and died.
100 Objects for 100 Years
June - December 2021
An online exhibition showcasing 100 objects from the last 100 years from Council’s four museum collections (Ballycastle, Ballymoney, Coleraine and Limavady) which reflect the history of the borough and its communities. The exhibition will provide access to collections currently held in storage which reflect the NI 100 themes of sport, wellbeing and community, food, drink and entertainment, heritage and culture and great Northern Ireland minds and innovation. Examples include the robes and graduation cap of Constance Gertrude Trimble who obtained a BA from Trinity College Dublin in the winter of 1929, a Feis poster from 1940, a Ballymoney and District Cycle Club tracksuit sweatshirt worn during the Commonwealth Games in 1990 and a flax breaker manufactured in the 1930s. Discover new items every week until the end of this Centenary year.
Interactive Storytelling Programme
A collaborative project between Council’s Museum Services and the Ulster University’s School of Communication and Media, highlighting the skills, innovation and academic talent being developed within the Borough today. Using materials from the archives, students have produced a series of online experiences which include photography, video, graphics and personal stories with a local connection. A totally different and unique way of looking at people, places and events from the last 100 years.
Eat Local Celebration
Discover what makes our food and drink offering truly exceptional. In association with Taste Causeway, learn more about the provenance and heritage of our local food, meet our local producers and suppliers through a series of videos and menu demonstrations. The centenary year is the perfect time to showcase our world-renowned food and drink, cultivated by passionate people, in the stunning landscape of the Causeway Coast & Glens.
Causeway Collection 100
August - December 2021
Causeway Collection 100 presents an exhibition of visual arts and sculpture created within the last 100 years, from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s esteemed collections. The exhibition draws together artwork from the Arts Service, Museum Services and Civic collections, most of which have been bequeathed or donated to Council and created by acclaimed artists associated with the Borough. Spanning landscape to still life and portraiture, the exhibition captures our shared sense of belonging within this dramatic and beautiful landscape and coastline and explores our shared heritage and passion for culture over the last century. Causeway Collection 100 includes works by Basil Blackshaw, Diarmuid Delargy, Micky Donnelly, Charles McAuley, Michael McGuinness, Ross Wilson, Norman Wilkinson and many more.
The exhibition opens on 07 August at Flowerfield Arts Centre and continues until 11 September and then tours to Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre from 1-31 December 2021.
Whiterocks by Norman Wilkinson © Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council
Our Story in the Making
August – September 2021
The creation of a permanent ceramics artwork made by community participants across the borough reflecting what is unique and special about the area in which we live.
Featuring 100 illustrated tiles created by participants from within the community through a series of pop up public workshops facilitated by a commissioned artist, the artwork will be available to view in Drumceatt Square at Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, Limavady from October 2021.
It will be part of the 'Our Story in the Making' artwork trail accompanied by other participating Councils across Northern Ireland.
The project is funded by the Northern Ireland Office.
NI 100 Commemorative Stained Glass Window
Reflecting on our past and building for the future - the design of the window, to be installed in Coleraine Town Hall, will incorporate separate images that reflect important historical events significant to the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough over the last 100 years.
Centenary Community Tree Planting
Planting 100 trees to mark 100 years. A chance for community groups to get involved by planting a tree in their community. Groups will be presented with a plaque and a native tree to plant within their local area to mark the centenary whilst working towards a greener future.
Partition in Ireland: Partition of Ulster Good Relations Workshop Programme
A series of workshops aimed at secondary school pupils and adult groups across the Borough held in parallel with the Ulster Partition Exhibition, exploring the period 1919-1922 connecting local stories to national and international events raising awareness of this period in our history.
Connecting with the past through play. An educational programme for the younger generation looking back at how school yard games have developed over the last 100 years and how many of them are still played today.
Photo courtesy of the Sam Henry Collection
Mary Peters Centenary Games
Sport brings people together – An Interschool sports competition held in honour of the Northern Ireland Icon, Dame Mary Peters who brought the country together during a difficult time in Northern Ireland’s history. A sporting celebration in the centenary year.
Centenary Commemoration of the opening of the Ulster Tower
2021 also marks the centenary of the opening of the Ulster Tower Memorial on the Somme battlefields, a memorial commemorating the service and sacrifice of men from the island of Ireland at the Somme and the wider First World War. The incoming and outgoing Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Council’s Veteran’s Champion will travel to the Somme to represent Council at the commemoration service and attend the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate.
‘NI 100 Reflections on the Causeway and Glens’
A graphic novel showcasing events and people from the first 100 years of Northern Ireland, celebrating what is great about where we live.