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2013 News

'Coleraine 400' Finale - 27 June

'Coleraine 400' Finale - 27 June

Due to wet weather, the 'Coleraine 400' Schools Project finale was held indoors at Coleraine Leisure Centre.  Youngsters from Millburn, Kilrea, Hezlett, Portstewart and the Irish Society’s Primary Schools and St Joseph’s College enjoyed proudly waving their colourful artworks which were inspired by 'Coleraine 400' history workshops. 

Pictured here with the Secretary of the Irish Society, artist Louise McLean, Causeway Museum Service staff and school children who participated in the project, Mayor of Coleraine, Councillor David Cole, said “The salmon flags and bunting looked fantastic.  They were so colourful and vibrant.  I would like to congratulate all the children who took part.  I would also like to thank The Honourable The Irish Society for funding the project".  

The Secretary, Edward Montgomery, said “The Irish Society’s trustees are delighted to have been able to sponsor such a worthwhile historical and cultural project that has reminded all of us about Coleraine’s fascinating past and its special relationship with the City of London.  I would commend all the schools and children that have taken part, and wish to thank all those in Coleraine Borough Council and its ‘Coleraine 400’ Steering Committee that have helped to bring it to such a successful conclusion”

After the event, the artworks were displayed in the 'Coleraine 400' exhibition in the Town Hall from 23 September to 2 November.

Philip Stopford voted onto Classic FM Hall of Fame

The Society’s decision to commission Philip Stopford to compose the anthem marking our 400th Anniversary was endorsed by an announcement on Good Friday that Classic FM listeners nationwide had voted him onto the Classic FM 2013 Hall of Fame.  Declaring results of the voting, Classic FM broadcast Philip’s composition 'Lully Lulla Lullay' on a CD recorded in Belfast Cathedral where he was Director of Music 2003-2010. 

Philip Stopford told the Coleraine Chronicle “It was a great honour to be invited to write a composition for the 400th Anniversary of the Irish Society.  And I am delighted that my music has received all these votes on Classic FM.  I hope that folk will continue to request Classic FM and other radio stations play choral music.”

The inaugural performance of ‘He Is Our Peace’ (commissioned by the Irish Society) took place at a Choral Evensong at St Patrick’s Church, Coleraine, on 10 March.  A rehearsal of this and performances of other Stopford music can be seen on his Youtube channel which has received half a million hits worldwide.

Learning through History

Learning through History

The Secretary and Past Deputy Governors visited the Irish Society's Primary School in March to see the ‘Coleraine 400’ banner project getting underway.  Mayor, Councillor Sam Cole, who also joined the visit, commented that “This particular project factors in one of Coleraine’s oldest industries – textiles.  In the early part of the four hundred years textiles was a major industry in the town.  With the use of the Bann River it helped it to grow and become a thriving economy.  Talking with the children today and seeing what they are developing keeps the understanding of our history alive as the children come up with new ideas of how to use textiles.  The partnership with The Honourable The Irish Society is important to continue informing the younger generation of our history and how Coleraine has developed over the four hundred years”.

Church Services

Two cross-community church services took place on Sunday 10 March:  The first, A Service of Thanksgiving : The Honourable The Irish Society, at 11.00am in St Columb's Cathedral, Londonderry, and the second, A Service of Choral Evensong, at 6.00pm in St Patrick's Church, Coleraine.

The Irish Society wishes to thank the Dean of Derry & Raphoe,
The Very Rev Dr Wm Morton, and the Rector of St Patrick’s Church,
Rev Roger Cooke, for their generous help in arranging the Services.

400 Reasons to Invest

On Wednesday 6 February, the City of London Corporation hosted an Inward Investment Seminar at Guildhall in London.  Organised in partnership with InvestNI and focussing on cultural industries and sectors in Derry~Londonderry and Coleraine, read more about the event here.

The Drapers’ Company donates £5,000

The Drapers’ Company’s Charities Committee considered the Governor’s appeal and their Clerk has sent a grant of £5,000 to the Society’s 400th Anniversary fund.  It came with a special request that the money be distributed as small grants in the Drapers’ Company’s area of interest surrounding Draperstown and Moneymore, and with every confidence that our Secretary will be familiar with the sort of projects the Company would wish to support.

Two possibilities have already been identified:  the Meet ‘n’ Eat Friendship Club which promotes interaction and friendship and provides a hot 3-course lunch in warm hospitable surroundings of the local Church of the Nazarene hall for elderly / disadvantaged people in the rural area of Magherafelt.  And St Columba’s Parish Church, Draperstown, towards the purchase of digital projection equipment primarily for use by young people in the parish.

The Clothworkers’ Company donates £5,000

In response to the Governor’s appeal to the Plantation Livery Companies for a contribution towards additional funding for charitable grant activities during 2013, The Clothworkers’ Company – which continues to play an extremely valuable support role as benefactors in the Coleraine area – has generously donated £5,000 to the Society’s grant giving programme.

In addition, the London Metropolitan Archives reported that The Clothworkers' Company has also contributed £1,000 to the transcription and web-publication of the Great Parchment Book.