Programme participants learn more about Irish language

19 October 2017

PARTICIPANTS in a new good relations programme in Ballycarry have had the opportunity to learn more about the Irish language.

 The ‘Broadening Horizons’ programme is supported by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, and participants got a behind the scenes visit to An Culturlann on the Falls Road as their first event.

 The group were given a guided tour of the centre, which is based at the site of a former Presbyterian church.

 The Irish language centre includes a bookshop, classrooms, art gallery, theatre and café and the group heard of the origins of the centre as well as a secondary level school, which now has around 600 pupils and is now located nearby.

 They had the opportunity to ask questions about the centre and the Irish language, also being given a comparison with the Welsh language as part of the tour.

 Following the visit the group explored the history of Belfast through the memorials and graves in the nearby city cemetery, where historian and former Lord Mayor Tom Hartley gave a guided tour.

 Among the graves visited were those of Rev. Dr. Richard Rutledge Kane, Grand Master of Belfast’s Orangemen and a fluent Irish speaker, and Major Fred Crawford, the 1914 UVF gunrunner.

 The programme continues with a presentation on local cultural and history in Ballycarry Community Centre on October 24, and further visits will take place to the Indian Community Centre, 174 Trust and Decorum NI in Bangor, which tells the story of members of the security forces who served during the Troubles.

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