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Rathgill residents step back in time

Published: Fri, 24 Jan 2014
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Rathgill residents visited the White House in Newtownabbey and Belfast City Hall
Rathgill Residents Association City Hall Belfast
Members of Rathgill Residents Association recently enjoyed a fascinating insight into local history with a study visit to two of our best known local landmarks.
Facilitated by the EU PEACE III funded Building Relationships in Communities (bric) Programme, the group made their first stop at the White House in Newtownabbey where they learned how the 400 year-old building has witnessed pivotal moments such as the sailing ships that carried King Williams Armies, the Titanic sailing on her maiden voyage and the Luftwaffe bombers using Belfast Lough as their gateway into the city.
From here they made their way to City Hall in Belfast and enjoyed a guide tour of the renowned building where they heard the numerous stories connected to it over the last one hundred years or so.
Les Nelson, Chairperson of Rathgill Community Assocation, said: “Days like this are invaluable as they give us a real understanding of our history and the events that helped shape life he,e.”  
“We want to thank the bric Programme and the Housing Executive for making this trip possible and look forward to continuing our journey with them in the weeks and months ahead.”
Kerry McIvor, BRIC Programme Manager, said: “Building Good Relations within local communities is central to the work of the bric Programme and we are very pleased to be able to support and work with Rathgill Community Association.
“Through our working partnership with the Housing Executive and Tides Training, the bric Programme is active in over 80 locations across Northern Ireland and works to enhance community relations, improve the environment of local areas, and benefit local residents.”
Raj Thompson, our Good Relations Officer, said: “The Housing Executive is delighted to be associated with the bric Programme and welcome initiatives like this as they provide residents with real firsthand experience of the history and pivotal events which have impacted onNorthern Ireland.
“The bric Programme strives to improve community spirit by creating neighbourliness and inclusiveness in all aspects of community life by building relationships and understanding.”