Youths celebrate Coleraine’s history

The Plantation Party  in full swing!
The Plantation Party in full swing!

YOUNG people from the Coleraine area have been learning more about Coleraine and its history thanks to a special project - ‘1613 and all that’.

The project celebrates the 400th anniversary of Coleraine and explores the history of the town, and the granting of the charter back in 1613.

The aim of the project is to give residents of the Borough an opportunity to look at their heritage in new ways and to explore the story of Coleraine.

This youth event, whick took place at North Coast Integrated College, formed part of a summer scheme programme organised by Lorna Gough, Education Community Development Worker.

The young people taking part were from North Coast Integrated College, Coleraine College, St Joseph’s College and Dunluce.

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.

As part of the project, Dr Bob Curran helped the young people to explore the realities of life in the seventeenth century.

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 Coordinator for 1613 And All That!

“They were extremely creative.

“The participants they made some great suggestions and brought really positive energy to the activity.”

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

The project will be running until January 2014.