Projects have been making a splash and a song and dance to celebrate the UK City of Culture

By Kathy Darling, Big Lottery Fund, Communications Assistant

The Big Lottery Fund has just announced its latest round of Culture for All grants which included 34 projects and one of the previous recipients made a splash on Rathlin Island.

Causeway Coast Maritime Heritage Group tried out some of the boats they have been building thanks to Big Lottery Fund grants at a recent festival at the island.

Causeway Coast Maritime Heritage Group
Causeway Coast Maritime Heritage Group received funding

The traditional currach boats took to the waters surrounding the famous island as part of their City of Culture Celebrations.

Chairman Frank Mongan said, “In 1997 we built the 38ft Colmcille, the largest currach in the world. Now, to celebrate the UK City of Culture year we are building four smaller racing boats. Currach racing is becoming increasingly popular in North West of Ireland and we want to promote a new culture of currach racing in the city.”

And hitting all the right notes thanks to £7,000 in funding will be the British Lung Foundation NI who plan to form a community choir of people suffering from COPD and other forms of respiratory disease.

Service development manager, Nessie Blair, said, “Many people with COPD want to sing but feel excluded from choirs because of their breathing. Thanks to this lottery funding we will have a facilitator who will work with patients and help them to develop techniques to cope and this helps them to feel included and have a real sense of belonging. The choir will work towards a performance as part of the UK City of Culture celebrations.

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