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Feb 2018 right left


Snowdrop Strolls

Thursday 1st February
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free


Snowdrop Walks

Saturday 3rd February
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission Members Free

Snowdrop Walks

Saturday 3rd February
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission Members Free

Path Edging and Bird Count

Saturday 3rd February
Comber Greenway

Pond Improvement

Sunday 4th February
Rea’s Wood Antrim


Rethinking Engagement – A Dialogue Approach

Wednesday 7th February
Holywell Diversecity Community Partnership Building, 10–12 Bishop St, Derry


NI Science Festival 2018

Thursday 15th February
Various, see website for details
See website for details

Brexit, Climate and Energy Policy

Thursday 15th February
Arthur Cox, Ten Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2


Nest Fest

Saturday 17th February
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Woodland walk at Breen Forest on Glenshesk Road

Saturday 17th February
Breen Forest on Glenshesk Road

Scrub Clearance

Sunday 18th February
Slievenacloy Nature Reserve, Belfast Hills


Priorities for Transport Infrastructure in Northern Ireland

Tuesday 20th February
Radisson Blu Hotel, The Gasworks, 3 Cromac P lace, Ormeau Road, Belfast
See website for details


Shifting Shores Wave 2 seminar

Thursday 22nd February
Olympic Suite, Titanic Belfast


Grassroots Social Event in Belfast

Saturday 24th February


Biggerféis Festival – Ardglass

Friday 12 May 2017

Discover Ardglass, Bath Street, Ardglass

Ardglass Development Association are delighted to announce a new festival for the area taking place over the Spring Bank Holiday (26–29 May). Having recently come away from the inaugural Live Here Love Here Awards with the Contribution to Tourism Award Sponsored by Tourism Northern Ireland the charity is continuing their dedication to regeneration through the lucrative visitor market.

The festival will recapture the atmosphere of over a century ago when Francis Joseph Bigger was resident in Jordan’s Castle in the town. The festival named Biggerféis will celebrate the legacy of the antiquarian through a series of cultural experiences. Duane Fitzsimons, secretary to Ardglass Development Association, explains, ‘Francis Joseph Bigger is one of the most important men to have ever lived in Ardglass. For many across the province and beyond he is a personal hero. His contribution to the heritage of Ulster means that many of the area’s ancient sites are still standing to be enjoyed today.’

It was while writing a book on the history of Dunsford and Ardglass that Duane came across a reference to the opening of Jordan’s Castle in 1911. The article detailed a speech given by the Parish Priest Canon Donnelly in which he stated that, ‘When the history of our time comes to be written in Ulster the name Francis Joseph Bigger will occupy an honoured position.’ The Dunsford and Ardglass Historical Group established in 2013 have been working closely with ADA to support in the delivery of the programme.

The captivating personality of F.J. Bigger will be explored through a series of talks, walks, and a coach tour. Traditional music will also feature. F.J. Bigger was described as having taken on the work, largely at his own personal expense, for the people of Ulster regardless of creed. He instigated that the Downpatrick High Cross be re–erected; placed the stone on Saint Patrick’s Grave; restored Our Lady of Dunsford and Jordan’s Castle; and helped to preserve Ardtole and Raholp churches in the locality.

The festival will officially launch on Friday 12th May at 12:00. The venue will be Discover Ardglass in Bath Street in the village. For details of events search for Discover Ardglass on Facebook.

For any further details contact Duane Fitzsimons (Secretary to ADA):