New book captures folklore and stories of the ‘supernatural’

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Sean Bateson, pictured with some of the Clanmil Housing Association participants and Patricia Crossley, Vice Chair of the PEACE IV Partnership, at the launch of the ‘Lore of the Land’ book

FOLKLORE and stories of the ‘supernatural’ from across the Causeway Coast and Glens have been captured in a new book.

The initiative is part of the north coast Council’s PEACE IV Local Area Action Plan, funded by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), which is providing £3.8 million for community projects across the borough.

The Fairy Hill in Tiveragh near Cushendall which is featured as part of the Sam Henry Collection in Coleraine Museum

 

The free publication entitled ‘Lore of the Land’ is the result of a partnership between Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s Museum Services and Clanmil Housing Association.

Through a programme of reminiscence sessions, art workshops and historical site tours, the initiative focused on the Borough’s folklore as a way of better understanding the area.

An archive image of folklorist Sam Henry and Rathlin Island storyteller Katie Glass

 

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Sean Bateson, said: “The project encouraged participants to share stories that have been passed down from generation to generation, as well as their own personal experiences.

“From Binevenagh to the Bann Valley, and from Dungiven to Cushendall, ‘Lore of the Land’ captures the folklore, supernatural, and stories of the unexplained from the Causeway area in the 20th and 21st century.”

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Sean Bateson pictured at the launch of the ‘Lore of the Land’ book with Dr Nicholas Wright from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Museum Services and Roisin O’Neill

 

The Lore of the Land project was part of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s PEACE IV Understanding Our Area programme, which has been delivered by Museum Services with a wide range of community partners across the borough.

The book is available for free and can be picked up at Visitor Information Centres across the council’s area or by contacting Museum Services at cms@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk

A digital copy of the publication is available by searching for ‘Lore of the Land’ on the Northern Ireland Community Archive www.niarchive.org

You can view the Lore to Land publication online by going to: https://niarchive.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Lore-of-the-Land-web-ready.pdf

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