Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is to host the launch of a new book, ‘An Islandmagee Schoolin’ in Larne by Islandmagee native, Pauline E. Bingham.
An Islandmagee Schoolin focuses on the intriguing education history of the peninsula over the past two centuries and will be officially launched at Larne Museum and Arts Centre, next month, (3 March, 7pm).
Readers will discover the interesting and somewhat eccentric characters who ran these ‘schoolin’ establishments. The author recounts many stories of the area including the schoolmaster who preferred to sleep in a cave and the master who smoked his pipe in the classroom and was known to ‘clout’ his pupils on the head with his tobacco knife when they gave the wrong answer to a question.
This fascinating book is the second publication by Mrs Bingham. Her first book Green Pastures: A Childhood at the Gobbins in 1900s was successfully launched at Larne Museum and Arts Centre in 2014 and has since been reprinted to include additional information and images.
The launch of An Islandmagee Schoolin will take place on Thursday 3 March 2016 at 7pm at Larne Museum and Arts Centre. Admission is free however places are limited and must be booked in advance for this event. Contact Larne Museum on 028 2826 2443 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your place.
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council gears up for another Saint Patrick’s Day hike up the slopes of historic Slemish
There’s spectacular views, an exceptional outdoor exercise opportunity and even some traditional entertainment on offer as hundreds trek up Slemish Mountain this St Patrick’s Day, Thursday 17 March 2016 where Saint Patrick reputedly tended sheep.
Following the huge success of the St Patrick’s Day event at Slemish in the past, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is once again providing a park and ride facility for ease of access. Each year numbers visiting have grown dramatically with expectation of up to 3,000 visitors to the site in 2016.
Raceview Mill, Broughshane will be the hub for the event, with storytelling, traditional music and children’s entertainment among the attractions laid for walkers on route to or returning from Slemish. This takes place between 12.30 and 3.30pm and visitors can also enjoy delicious traditional Irish fayre at the onsite cafe.
There are numerous ways to access the mountain. Visitors can park at, Raceview Mill itself, Buckna Presbyterian Church car park and Buckna Gospel Hall car park.
Park & Ride services will run continually from Raceview Mill, between 9.00am and 2.00pm and Buckna Car parks from 9.00am and 3.00pm.
For foot passengers a bus departs from ecos approximately every 30 minutes between 9.00am and 2.00pm for a connecting bus to Slemish.
Last coaches will return from Slemish from 4.00pm. There is a small charge for this service – adults £2.00, children £1.50 from Raceview Mill and adults £1.50, children £1.00 from Buckna. Children under five-years go free. Under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult.
Only disabled badge holders will be allowed to park at Slemish car park (limited parking) and no parking will be permitted along the Carnstroan Road or the Carnstroan Lane approach to the Mountain. General parking is otherwise only available at Raceview Mill and Buckna car parks and for anyone using the shuttle service.
The walk takes approximately one hour up and down, or more, depending on taking rest breaks. Suitable clothing and footwear are necessary to enjoy the best St Patrick’s experience.
For further information on this event, contact Ballymena Visitor Information Centre on 028 2563 5010/1.
An innovative outdoor artwork, ‘Woollen Woods’, that took place last year in Whitehead, has been nominated for the prestigious 2016 Epic Awards. YOU CAN VOTE ON THIS.
“During the project a number of craft workshops were held at Lighthouse Yarns which proved popular and a free family fun day was held, with activities including pom-pom making, felting, origami, bug hunting and pond dipping. It featured hundreds of woodland-themed woollen artworks which were created by schools, knitting groups and individuals all over Northern Ireland and it subsequently became the first Woollen Wood in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Its main aim was to create the first such Woollen Wood in Ireland and to combine the arts and the environment to draw new audiences to crafting, conservation and biodiversity in a way to enhance local culture.
The prestigious 2016 Epic Awards nomination followed. The winners and runner ups will be chosen by a panel of judges, but there is an additional People’s Choice Award where the public can choose their favourite of the shortlisted groups.
Louise Williamson, Lighthouse Yarns, has been overwhelmed by the Epic Awards nomination and with the support for the project. Louise said: “The best thing about Woollen Woods Whitehead was seeing community participation and the great community spirit that was on show.
“The installation included over 50 private wool donations, creations from Whitehead Primary School, Kilcoan Primary School, Islandmagee, and Mitchell House School Belfast and donations from Top Floor Art, Belfast Stitch & Bitch and Keep Her Knit, Londonderry.
“The Whitehead Wombles, Whitehead Community Association, Brighter Whitehead, and the Whitehead craft circles who crotched flowers for months beforehand, were a huge help throughout the project.
“I’m now looking forward to a bigger and better Woollen Woods 2016,”she added.
Woollen Woods is a UK-wide project that began in 2013 and covers five regions on the UK mainland. Diamond Jubilee Wood is the first Woollen Wood in Northern Ireland. For more info on Woollen Woods visit http://voluntaryartsweek.org/woollen-woods/
Woollen Woods Whitehead 2016 will be opening on Saturday 7 May 2016 with a family fun day. All woollen donations welcome. Post donations to Lighthouse Yarns, The Bank House, Edward Road, Whitehead, BT38 9QB. Deadline for submissions is 30 April 2016.