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Summer Festival 16th and 17th June

Rathcoole Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership, in partnership with Dalaradia historical group, will be hosting a summer festival at the Dunanney Centre in Rathcoole on Friday the 16th and Saturday 17th of June.


The events will kick off with a talk from Dr Ian Adamson OBE at 7pm. Dr Ian Adamson, known for his political career as Deputy Lord Mayor and Lord Mayor of Belfast as well as an MLA, has always had a keen interest in the history of Ulster and has written a series of books on the subject. Dr Adamson will be speaking on the life of St Comgall, an Ulster born saint. There will also be a performance on the night from the Ulster Scots Dance Academy.


On the 17th of June there will be a children’s event at running from 12pm-4pm. The event will include Phil’s Farm petting farm along with pony and cart rides, a bouncy castle and toddlers play area as well as arts and crafts provided by Doodlebugs. The TA and the PSNI will also be making an appearance on the day with vehicles and more. This is just a sample of what will be available on the day, so come on down for an afternoon of good fun and plenty to do and see!


The festival will close on the evening of the 17th June at 7:30pm with guest speaker Dr David Hume focusing on the history of Ulster Scots. Known for his history as Director of Services for the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, Dr Hume has since developed his keen interest in Ulster Scots heritage, performing many talks throughout Northern Ireland for the Department of Culture, Ulster Scots Agency and the Ulster Scots Community Network.


It is shaping up to be a great weekend so please come along and join the fun!