Monthly Archives: September 2013

Sally Leads Our First Heritage Trail!

Sally walks her talk!

Sally walks her talk!

The 23rd September was a big day for the Ballysally-based heritage project, 1613 And All That!

To support the official opening of the Coleraine 400 exhibition in the town hall, the intrepid heritage crew were invited to lead their very first heritage trail in Coleraine.

Generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the local history enthusiasts have been very busy over the past few months putting the finishing touches to their book. Leading heritage walking tours was always part of the plan but the invitation to lead a trail at this stage came a little earlier than expected!

“Helen Perry from the Causeway Museum Service thought it would be a great idea for us to lead a trail on the 23rd September – especially since the opening of the exhibition coincided with the opening day of “The Heritage Practice In Contested Spaces” seminar in Limavady, ” said Sally Cupples, a key project member (who also attended the Limavady seminar).

John Hamilton (Causeway Museum Service) attended the walk!

John Hamilton (Causeway Museum Service) attended the walk!

“We were thrilled that Helen asked us to do this and Sally, who led the first trail, put an incredible amount of work into developing a route that would appeal to local people and to some of the international delegates who were attending the seminar,” said Jane, Project Co-ordinator.

Around 20 people attended Sally’s “Walking The Walls” guided walk around the Coleraine Town Centre. There was quite a buzz as Sally shared some of her very interesting research findings.

“The rest of the project team were there to support Sally – and it was good to see people there who have been part of our journey. Milne Rowntree from Ulster University came to take pictures which we’ll have time to squeeze into our book before it goes to the printers and Brendan Patterson, Focus on Family, came to lend support too,” enthused Elaine Milican, another project member.

Sally, the Mayor of Coleraine and Edward Montgomery of the Honourable, The irish Society

Sally, the Mayor of Coleraine and Edward Montgomery of the Honourable, The Irish Society

“We are all very proud of Sally. She did an incredible job : she’s a natural!” added Jane.

After the walk, the group joined the opening of the Coleraine 400 exhibition in the town hall.

To find out more about the heritage project, please visit

We Made A Video Of The Plantation Rap!


At our Plantation Party in August (you can find more out about this here ), young film-maker, Daniel Gough, recorded some of the highlights of the day. He turned the highlights of that day into a short film (the one above!)

The film shows some of the rehearsals of our Plantation Rap and a short performance at the end.

We achieved all this in less than 2 hours : so the young people involved can be really proud of themselves!

Plantation Rocks!

Local Heritage Team Gets Ready To Go To Press!


The project team learn the professional tricks of the publishing trade!

The project team learn the professional tricks of the publishing trade!

The 1613 And All That! Project team from Focus on Family have had a very busy summer writing their book about the Coleraine Plantation.

“After all our visits to local heritage sites and our trip to London at the beginning of the summer, it was then time to start writing our book,” said Sally Cupples, a key member of Ballysally’s very own Time Team.

“We all wrote something for the book, we all did a bit of research too and I took most of the pictures,” explained Lauren Cupples, the official team photographer . Keen young artist, Ellen Millican, supplied some illustrations too.

This group of local history enthusiasts is being helped by Dr Bob Curran. He is acting as the historical consultant in the book-writing phase of this exciting project which is being generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Over the past couple of weeks, the project team has been working closely with Milne Rowntree of the School of Media, Film and Journalism at UlsterUniversity. Working with the university has been an important part of the book-writing process. The team learned about professional page design and some of the technical aspects of publishing a book.

“We really appreciated the fabulously warm welcome given to us by both Milne and Dr Colm Murphy, Head of School,” said Jane Talbot, the Project Co-ordinator.

The Ballysally-based team is now busy “tidying up” the book ready to submit to the printers. “We’re aiming to have an official launch event in early December – so our next steps are all about planning and marketing the launch. We don’t get to take our foot off the pedal!” exclaimed Sally.

If you want to find out more about the 1613 And All That Project! you can visit their website here


Press Release 5 : Plantation Rocks!


The Plantation Party is in full swing!

The Plantation Party is in full swing!

On August the 14th, 30 young people from the Coleraine area got together at the North Coast Integrated College to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the granting of the town’s Royal charter in an exciting way!

 Young people from NCIC, St Joseph’s, Coleraine College and Dunluce High School were invited to join a “Plantation Party”. The event formed part of a Summer Scheme programme organised by Lorna Gough, Education Community Development Worker.

The day provided an opportunity to get involved in all sorts of inspiring activities that were designed to help gain an insight into the story of the Coleraine Plantation.

The programme, generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, kicked off with a presentation about the history of the Plantation . This presentation was designed and delivered by the 1613 And All That! Project Team ~a community heritage project based at Focus on Family in Ballysally.

 Next up, Dr Bob Curran helped the young people to explore the realities of life in the seventeenth century.

The rapping crew are rocking!

The rapping crew are rocking!

 The rest of the day had fabulous appeal for those with an artistic interest or a talent for performance. Some of the group spent time creating “bricks” for a seventeenth century graffiti wall, whilst the rest of the group rehearsed and performed a Horrible Histories-style rap about the Plantation.

 Lorna will continue to work with the young artists to create a final version of the graffiti wall for an exhibition later in the year. Meanwhile, camera man Danny Gough (who was ably assisted by his brother Lewis) is putting the final editorial touches to a video of the rap.

“It was fabulous working with the young people on the rap,” said Jane, Project Co-ordinator for 1613 And All That! “They were extremely creative : they made some great suggestions and brought really positive energy to the activity.”

Getting word perfect!

Getting word perfect!

If you want to learn more about the 1613 And All That! Project, please visit their website