Press Releases

Dundrum Coastal Rowing Icebreaker Regatta 23rd January 2016

Created on: Monday, 25 January 2016. Posted in: Press Releases | News | Projects News | Skiffie Worlds 2016

Dundrum Coastal Rowing Club hosted its "Icebreaker Challenge" rowing regatta on the 23rd January, the first coastal rowing regatta of 2016. The hand built St Ayles Skiffs took part from the villages of Donaghadee, Dundrum, Killyleagh, Portaferry and Strangford; unfortunately 2 boats were undergoing repairs and couldn’t make it. Special thanks have to go to "The Dundrum Development Association Ltd" for sponsoring the event, the time keepers and our rescue boat team.

The "Frozen Rollocks Trophy" for best club on the day went to Dundrum

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Fishing Communities get Maritime Heritage Tourism Boost

Created on: Wednesday, 21 October 2015. Posted in: Press Releases | Maritime Heritage Guide Training | Seafood News

Fishing Communities Get Maritime Heritage Tourism Boost

Fishing communities in County Down have been given a major boost, through a Maritime Heritage Tourism initiative, launched this week in Ardglass.  Heritage guide training, signage, seating , information panels, free WiFi and media Apps, are among the benefits  to fishing communities at Ardglass, Portavogie and Kilkeel, through the collaborative project led by the Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership...

Report on Co Down's Seafood Potential Launched During Seafood Week

Created on: Wednesday, 21 October 2015. Posted in: Press Releases | Maritime Heritage Guide Training | Seafood News

Report on County Down’s Seafood Potential Launched During Seafood Week  

Developing a local and visitor market for fish landed in County Down’s three fishing ports is the ultimate aim of a County Down Seafood Report, launched this week by the Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership, (SLLP), coinciding with Seafood Week (10-16 October).

84% of fish and shellfish landings into Northern Ireland come...

Discover the Wonders of the sea in Portaferry

Created on: Wednesday, 27 May 2015. Posted in: Press Releases | News | Strangford Lough Festival News

Sea slugs are often called butterflies of the sea because of their fabulous shape and colour

Holding marine creatures, using an underwater spyball camera, squelching in the seaweed, and getting into a real marine laboratory are just some of the things you can do when our marine world is uncovered in Portaferry on Saturday 13th June.

Heritage Day 21st March Portaferry

Created on: Monday, 16 March 2015. Posted in: Press Releases | News | Projects News | Turn o' the Tide News | Trails Maps & Guides News | Townlands & Gateways News

Come Celebrate Portaferry's Wildlife and Built Heritage on 21 March
Hedgerows, woodland, sea shore and magnificent buildings are just some of the features of Portaferry's incredible heritage and on Saturday 21 March, St Mary's Primary school, in association with the Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership is inviting everyone to get out and enjoy it.
The event will run from 11am to 3pm with lots of family activities. You can learn some bush skills with the National Trust at Nugent's Wood, plant some trees and get up close to marine beasties with Ulster Wildlife's Touch Tank at...

BBC Countryfile Film Skiffs in Ardglass

Created on: Thursday, 05 March 2015. Posted in: Press Releases | News | Projects News | Coastal Rowing News

BBC Countryfile came to Ardglass to film the St Ayles skiffs that have been built in communities around the coast from Donaghadee to Dundrum, Helen Skelton was filmed rowing Kircubbin's Black Neb Vixen and helping with some boat building.  The programme will be going out on BBC 1 Sunday 15th of March 2015 18.50 make sure you watch.  

Townlands and Gateways

Created on: Monday, 12 January 2015. Posted in: Press Releases | News | Projects News

Farmers and landowners invited to participate in
townlands and gateways project

The Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership are restoring tradition gateways as part of our townlands and gateways project and are asking local farmers and landowners to get involved. We restore sets of traditional gates and stone gateposts at no cost to the farmer. Through this work we hope to provide opportunities for local people to find out more about traditional farm practices and built heritage on their land. We have already...

Icebreaker St Ayles Skiff Dundrum Coastal Rowing Event

Created on: Thursday, 18 December 2014. Posted in: Press Releases | News | Coastal Rowing News

St. Ayles Skiff Race

Dundrum 27 December 2014

Weather permitting, on 27 December, when at least a partial recovery will have been achieved from the indulgences of...

The Narrows Challenges

Created on: Friday, 12 December 2014. Posted in: Press Releases | News | Coastal Rowing News

Killyleagh takes the trophy in the first Narrrows Challenges coastal rowing race.

Everyone was a winner when communities along the County Down coast came together to race their beautiful skiff rowing boats in the first Narrows Challenges, run by the Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership (SLLP), this weekend. The atmosphere was electric as Killyleagh’s fiery red “Skart” scooped the main trophy just ahead of Strangford’s Strangfjorthr” . The boats completed the course and Ardglass, Dundrum and Killyleagh won the sprint races with teams of all abilities getting the...

Portaferry St Ayles Skiff Launch

Created on: Friday, 12 December 2014. Posted in: Press Releases | News | Coastal Rowing News

Portaferry The Official Launch

Portaferry is the seventh boat to be launched. This is one of nine St Ayles’ Skiffs being built along the coast, from Donaghadee to Dundrum as part of a community and tourism initiative developed by the Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership (SLLP) with the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). It has been approved by the Down Rural Area Partnership (DRAP) as part of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas and it is supported by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, and Down District and Ards...

Dundrum St Ayles Skiff Launch

Created on: Friday, 12 December 2014. Posted in: Press Releases | News | Coastal Rowing News

Dundrum boat hits the water with only hours to spare Donagahdee have named their new community coastal rowing boat ” Ramharry” which is the Viking term for “rough and strong”, which is a good name for this fast but strurdy boat, which has been built in a record time in premises supplied by Sheilds’,just off the High Street in the town. Ramharry took to the water on Saturday, and teams of rowers began training for the first “Narrows Challenges” rowing competitions that will be held on 5 October.

The race will commence at 10.30am from Portaferry, across the tidal...

Strangford St Ayles Skiff Launch

Created on: Friday, 12 December 2014. Posted in: Press Releases | News | Coastal Rowing News

Strangford’s boat is launched Strangford’s new community coastal rowing boat was launched on Sunday 28 September to a great local turnout. Children from St Joseph’s Primary School, Strangford, named her "Strangfjǫrðr" , the Viking form of their village’s name, which means “strong, currents” and reflects the power of the of the tidal waters of the Strangford Lough Narrows.

These Narrows and nearby Castle Ward Bay will be the venue for the first “Narrows Challenges” rowing competitions that will be held on 5 October ....

Kircubbin St Ayles Skiff Launch

Created on: Friday, 12 December 2014. Posted in: Press Releases | News | Coastal Rowing News

Ulster Rugby Team Help Launch Kircubbin Boat Kircubbin’s stunning ‘Black Neb Vixen’ boat, with black and cream planking to suit, has been launched and is ready to row. Members of the Ulster rugby team turned out at the weekend to give the community a helping hand to ease her into the waters of Strangford lough for the first time. This is the third of nine boats, built by communities along the County Down Coast, being launched in the run up to the Narrows Challenges rowing races on 5 October at Castle Ward, Strangford, organised by the Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership...

Killyleagh St Ayles Skiff Launch

Created on: Friday, 12 December 2014. Posted in: Press Releases | News | Coastal Rowing News

. Killyleagh Community Rowing Boat HitsThe Water Killyleagh’s new rowing boat “Skart”, took to the water gracefully for the first time this weekend just like the seabird after which she is named. The word “skart” is thought to derive from a Viking name for a cormorant and has been handed down for generations in Killyleagh.

This is the second of nine coastal rowing boats being built by communities around Strangford Lough and the County Down coast as part of the Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership’s (SLLP’s) community coastal rowing project “The Narrows...