Lottery invests £140k in NI's past

Published Friday, 23 November 2012
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Seventeen projects across Northern Ireland are to receive a total of £142,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Lottery invests £140k in NI's past
An archive photo of Portavogie Harbour, taken in 1991. (© Pacemaker)

The money will be used by the groups to bring communities together to explore their heritage through the All Our Stories programme.

Successful recipients include Loughgall Heritage Tales and Trails, and Portavogie Culture & Heritage Society.

The grant scheme, which was launched earlier this summer, was designed to get thousands more people involved in exploring the local history, customs and traditions that are important to their area.

Awards ranging from £3,000 up to £10,000 have been granted to organisations such as small community groups, residents' associations and local history groups.

A total of 542 projects received funding throughout the UK.

The project in Portavogie will gather previously untold and unrecorded stories, paying tribute to the men who lost their lives to the sea.

It will serve as a reminder of the hardships endured by the community over the years.

Catherine Coffey, chairperson of the society, said: "This funding is so important to our group as it will enable us to preserve our history and raise awareness of the current decline in our fishing industry and the knock on effect this has on the village as a whole.

" We have been inspired by stories passed down through the years and feel the recording and production of this literature and video diaries will serve as a true record of the history of Portavogie."

Paul Mullan, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund Northern Ireland, said: "It's often amazing what people don't know about where they live.

"We're looking forward to hearing more about the colourful stories that emerge; they will create a unique picture of our local communities and these islands as a whole at an important time in our history."

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Gerry in Belfast wrote (794 days ago):
Is it just me or would anyone else have preferred the headline "Lottery invests £140k in NI's FUTURE"?
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