Heritage group proving popular



THERE was a full house, in the Antrim Suite, at the Portrush Atlantic Hotel for the latest meeting of the Portrush Heritage Group.

Those who attended were treated to a miscellany of readings, dance and music by young local historians, musicians, dancers and readers from the schools.

Building on the success of the Heritage Group's ‘Tales of The Skerry Roads Project’, the children from Carnalridge Primary School presented their findings on a very different Portrush as remembered by their grandparents.

Molly Byrne's rendering on violin of ‘Down by the Sally Gardens’ and two reels was greeted with great appreciation.

Gracie and Maddy McNally from Portrush Primary School gave an entertaining account of the story of Saint Patrick and the Snakes.

Irish dancing was beautifully demonstrated by Nicole Campbell, and Ellie Hutchinson while Laura Finlay and Katie Gregg delighted the audience with their unique rendering of ‘The Londonderry Air’ with tap and flute. The Children's programme finished with Courtney Campbell on Harp.

A most interesting talk by Archaeologist Thomas McErlean on the Missionary work of Saint Patrick along North Antrim rounded off a very enjoyable celebration of our Patron Saint.

The next Heritage Evening will be on Wednesday, April 24 when the speaker Geoff Warke will talk about the Portrush Mining District and Nina Mc Neary will update on her work within the group on Antrim Gardens.

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