Newcastle Participatory Budget Event – FUNDcastle

This is an opportunity for local groups to recieve £1,000 for a community project. People from the commuinty will place their votes and the projects with the most votes get funded.

Applications open on the 18th September 2023 and close on the 16th October 2023.

There will be an information night on Wednesday 27th September from 4pm – 6pm.

Email: to get your application form to apply.

Ulster GAA School Engagement Programme

Ulster GAA’s School Engagement Programme provides workshops for teachers from non-traditional GAA schools on the topic of values-based coaching.

Teachers will then assist in the delivery of a 6-week programme of GAA coaching to pupils aged 11-18 years old. During this programme it is hoped that pupils will gain a greater understanding of the GAA and its values, as well as challenging any perceptions participants previously had of the association and its membership. Interested participants will be signposted to the open and inclusive GAA club’s network.



Seamus Mallon – ‘A Shared Home Place’

The John and Pat Hume Foundation are delighted to announce our third event in honour of Seamus Mallon ‘A Shared Home Place’ at 7.00pm on Friday 22 September 2023 in the Canal Court Hotel, 29 Merchants Quay, Newry, BT35 6HR.

Seamus Mallon was committed to the genuine reconciliation of conflicting traditions using only peaceful means.

The Hume Foundation believe it is vitally important that we recall the generous words in his book ‘A Shared Home Place’ and engage in a positive, inclusive and challenging conversation about people, peace and politics for the next 25 years.

Speakers include:

  • Enda Kenny, former Taoiseach,
  • Dermot Ahern, former Irish Government Minister
  • Ian Marshall, former member of the Seanad,
  • Sharon Haughey, former Lord Mayor of Armagh City & District,
  • Orla Mallon, Seamus Mallon’s daughter,
  • Tim O’Connor, former Irish diplomat.

The discussion will be chaired by Sean O’Rourke, Irish journalist and broadcaster.

Mini Mela Ballynahinch

Choice Housing Ireland Ltd are working in partnership with Ballynahinch Community Collective and Artsekta to deliver an expression of cultural traditions with a mini Mela event in the town Square on Saturday 23rd September as part of Good Relations Week.

Medieval Viking Experience

60 Primary School children will experience the Interactive Medieval history Village in Ballydugan, Downpatrick. They have the opportunity to step back in time and learn about the dark Ages in Ireland.

The young people will see how to make and taste traditional foods from the era, visit the textile worker and the herbalist, try their hands at longbow archery and axe throwing as well as many more ancient crafts and skill.

Newtownhamilton Celebration of Culture

A celebration of the diverse cultures of the residents of Newtownhamilton – the young people living in Newtownhamilton will experience some of the local cultural arts and they will also showcase their cultures through art, music and dance.

Stories of Life, Faith and Hope

A warm welcome is extended to people from across our community to a  series of conversations with people who have played a central role in the life of our community. This is an opportunity to explore their experience of life, faith and where they find sources of hope in their lives.

Wednesday 20th September – Rev Dr Bill Shaw OBE (CEO 174 Trust, Belfast)

  • Grew up in Belfast through worst excesses of ‘the Troubles’.
  • After 10 years in construction business studied theology at Queens University Belfast and entered Presbyterian ministry where, among other posts and after ordination, served in a church on the Shankill Road.
  • Bill is committed to ‘Building Peace and Promoting Reconciliation’ (he is both passionate about peace and realistic about reconciliation) through a number of projects, encourage dialogue and celebrate cultural diversity within the North Belfast community.

Begins at 7pm

Slieve Gullion Good Relations Funding Fair

Funders from across the area will come along to speak to the general public about how to access and apply for their funding. Funders who will present include; The Executive Office, Community Relations Council and The Department for Foreign Affairs, Ireland.

A number of agencies who support community organisations to complete and draw Down funding will also be there to provide advice and guidance.

This event is open to all Community and Sporting Groups and Voluntary Sector Organisations.

Shared? On Tour 2023

Belfast based theatre company Partisan Productions, in partnership with Clanmil Housing has developed a forum theatre show called Shared? Based on the success of last years show it is now on tour!

Shared? follows a colourful cast of characters living in and near a shared housing development where a rumour has been circulating and the local Neighbourhood App has taken a definite turn for the odd. Partisan invite audiences to ‘meet these neighbours, from different countries, classes and cultures as their worlds begin to combine and collide’.

Reminiscence session with NI War Memorial Museum in Warrenpoint Library

Come along to Warrenpoint Library where you can view objects and photographs from the museum relating to the Second World War.

This lead reminiscence event will cover topics including  the Belfast Blitz, the American presence, gas masks and rationing.

Participants will be encouraged to share their wartime memories and stories. Everyone welcome!

Please note: This is a dementia friendly event.