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Launch of PEACE III funded History of Millisle

12 January 2011

Launch of PEACE III funded History of MillisleMillisle and District Community Association are launching a new book on the history of Millisle, Millisle Past and Present. The book will be launched at Millisle Masonic Hall by Lady Sylvia Hermon, MP on Saturday 4 December at 6.30pm.
Millisle and District Community Association have been taking part in a PEACE III funded community history project organised by Down County Museum and the Somme Heritage Centre. Throughout 2010 20 community groups from Down District, North Down and the Ards have been engaging in a series of educational activities designed to promote greater understanding of local culture and traditions and enhance awareness of cultural identity and diversity in the region.
Members of the Millisle Association have been on study trips to Early Christian sites, 1798 sites, the Ulster Museum, the Orange Order Museum, archaeological sites and have also attended a course on Irish history. They have also been busy producing their very comprehensive history of the village. The book includes chapters on famous people of the area like Amy Carmichael who was one of Ireland’s most important missionaries, notable buildings including houses, shops and churches and the farm at Millisle which became the home of Jewish child refugees fleeing persecution in Nazi Germany. The book is an extremely informative tour through the varied history of the village and surrounding townlands, and is sure to be popular with all in the local community.
All members of the community and other groups participating in the PEACE III project are invited to attend the launch on Saturday 4 December at 6.30pm at the Masonic Hall in Millisle. The book will be distributed widely throughout the community including to schools and educational groups.
The book has been supported and funded by by PEACE III Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body and delivered by the North Down, Ards and Down Council’s Cluster.
Further Details: Linda McKenna/Danielle Smyth at Down County Museum, the Mall, Downpatrick, Co Down (tel: 028-44615218)


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