Our Experiences

18/5/17 Heads Up programme

On the evening of the 18th May the group attended an Alcohol Drugs and substance misuse discussion. Many thanks to Roisin Faulkner & William Smyth for their presentation.   The Heads Up programme is specifically aimed at young people, particularly those aged 13-18 years. The information built into the programmme is to inform young people …

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19/3/16 – North Belfast Remembers

  On Saturday 19th March, the group took part in the North Belfast Remembers project. The event was organised by the History Hub Belfast – https://www.facebook.com/HistoryHubUlster. Each participant set sail a glass bottle with an LED light and details of an individual man or woman from the North Belfast area who served in the First …

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26/5/16 – Grangegorman Military Cemetery Event

Yesterday, 26th May 2016, the groups chairperson and patron Dr Ian Adamson attended a Ceremonial event marking the deaths of British Soldiers during the failed Easter Rising at Grangegorman Military Cemetery. As many as 125 soldiers of the British Armed Forces died during this period.                 Each soldier …

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3/3/16 – Stormont Tour

On 3/3/16  the group had a very informative tour of Parliament Buildings (Stormont) hosted by Adrian Cochrane-Watson MLA and the Interstate Partnership, Parkhall in conjunction with the Down Capacity Group.   The tour sparked a discussion about Loyalist views on reconnecting with politics, voting, Europe, Stormont not delivering and the needs for our communities. A …

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4/8/16 – Policing and Community

On the 4th August the group met with Superintendent Emma Bond, the Commander in charge of Antrim and Newtownabbey District Command Unit of the PSNI and previously the Area Commander for the Lower Falls area. Mrs Bond is responsible for all aspects of local policing and setting the District’s policing priorities along with the Policing …

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5/1/17 Drug awareness

Yesterday evening the group attended a drug awareness discussion in the Barron Hall, Glengormley.   The discussion focused on the underlying issues of drug and alcohol users and general mental health. David Boyd of the North Belfast PSNI shared recent statistics of drug finds and prosecutions with some down, some up and an ever growing …

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Belfast Blitz exhibition and mural

The group attended the launch of the YRCD hall Belfast Blitz exhibition and mural.   The mural, created using spray paint only, is a beautiful piece of art. A short film was produced followed by a guest speaker in a very informative and enjoyable night. The exhibition was open to the public today. Many thanks …

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Crew Hill and Monkstown Graveyard 14/3/15

“On Saturday 14th March, 2015 more members of the Dalaradia Group, prime movers in the modern Ulster Revival,  visited Crew Hill with their chairman Robert Williamson and Helen Brooker of Pretani Associates promoting Common Identity and Conscience. Discussion was led by Robert, Mark Williamson and myself. This was a most important visit for our group. We …

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Human Rights Commission 1/6/17

Yesterday evening the group met with Chief Commissioner Les Allamby and Commissioner Alan McBride of the Human Rights Commission. Les is a solicitor and formerly the Director of the Law Centre (Northern Ireland). He was appointed honorary Professor of Law at the University of Ulster last year and is a trustee of the Community Foundation …

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Human Rights with Maggie Beirne

On 19/2/2016 the group held a discussion on Human Rights and the effect that human rights abuses can play in fueling conflict. We hosted a quest speaker, Maggie Beirne, who traveled from London to give the talk. Maggie was Director of the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) in the period which saw the …

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James Orr Commemoration 24/4/16

On the 24th April the group celebrated the life and works of the famous poet James Orr on his birthday. Also known as the Bard of Ballycarry, he was from Ballycarry, Co. Antrim who wrote in English and Ulster Scots.   The group had a wreath laying ceremony accompanied by a piper and Blue Plaque …

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North Belfast Remembers – 25/2/2016

On 25/2/2016  some of our group took part in the North Belfast Remembers project.   Adults and children will partner to tell the stories of 100 men and will attend a memorial event and release their glass bottle into the water at HMS Caroline. At the workshop, the adults involved researched servicemen and wrote a …

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Scotland Study Trip

# A   Workshop and presentation given by our host ,Anne Dundas at  Reidvale Housing Association . A community led social economy project which first saved and then refurbished this part of Duke Street . Commencing in 1975 by refurbishing a single one room apartment the project has grown today to a 2.6 million pound turnover …

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Somme Heritage Centre 12/9/15

On Saturday 12th September the group attended an educational trip to the Somme Centre, Newtownards. We received a guided tour followed by lunch. The Somme Museum, a charity and registered museum, opened in 1994 as an educational facility and tourist attraction examining Ireland’s role in the Great War with special reference to local cross-community involvement …

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Somme Re-Enactment – 18th June 2016

Yesterday, Saturday 18th June the group took part in the Battle of the Somme commemoration in Belfast City Centre and Woodvale park which proved to be an historic event with over 15,000 participants.   To mark this important centenary, four parades simultaneously proceeded from four points in North, South, East and West Belfast and converged …

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Londonderry

In the summer of 2012 working with the “Concensus” cross community organization members of Dalaradia attended an educational day trip to Londonderry.   They recieved a guided tour of Derrys Walls followed by an educational tour of the Bogside and the Peoples Museum of Free Derry concentrating on the events of Bloody Sunday, this was …

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Whitehouse & Crumlin Road

On 30th March 2013 members of Dalaradia took part in a historical day out visiting the Whitehouse in Whiteabbey, Newtownabbeys oldest serving house in continued use. The White House has nestled on the Northern Shore of Belfast Lough for over 400 years, this building has witnessed many scenes from the sailing ships that carried King …

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Crew Hill

On 27th April 2013 the group visited Crew Hill.     This was a most important visit for our group. We visited the site which was the crowning place of the ancient Ulster kings ; the site originally consisted of an inauguration stone surrounded by trees where the King would be appointed by his clan .This …

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Dunsilly Action Plan

On 6th April 2013 Dalaradia, as part of outreaching to rural communities visited the Randlestown Community Group Hall where the Randalstown Cultural Awareness Association is based. After, the group traveled to the Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim for an action plan. The trip was facilitated by Martin Snodden from “Northern Spring” mediation group. We engaged in a …

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Team Building & Bonding

As a team building exercise the group visited Shanes Castle and undertook a bonding seminar and paint ball activity , it was enjoyed by all participants. The main aim was promoting understanding, camaraderie and leadership qualities. We as a group hope to extend this in the near future.

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Boyne Valley tour

In conjuction with Intercomm , to whom we must express genuine thanks , our group visited  the Boyne Valley for a historical research tour , we explored the Boyne Valley and a guided tour of the musuem. This was followed by a visit to the museum of Francis Ledwidge , the poet of the blackbird …

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