Stories from Strangford Lough

Created on: Monday, 27 November 2017. Posted in: Press Releases

Stories from Strangford Lough

A lasting collection of stories from Strangford Lough in County Down, told by the people who live and work there, is now available on a beautifully produced double CD, launched this week by the Strangford lough and Lecale Partnership (SLLP)


Former BBC Radio senior producer, Elizabeth Rice, was commissioned by the Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership, to capture the essence of this very special place by recording local people and places, telling the stories of their lives, their families and the wildlife and landscapes that are so special to them.   

The joy of carpets of coastal wildflowers at Killard Point, growing up in a castle at Killyleagh or on an island off Greyabbey, underwater wildlife experiences and a lifetime on the ferry – the tales from more than 25 people from all walks of life are told with passion and humour.  Hear about the “Butterfly Fleet” of brightly painted little boats that transported seaweed; the rocks that have been squeezed and changed over millennia to shape our landscape; and why tens of thousands of Brent geese come here every winter.

Isabel Hood, Chair of the Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership Committee thanked the divers, artists, conservationists, ferrymen, musicians, sailors, geologists and the many contributors from all walks of life relevant to the life of the Lough. “The people who live and work on and around Strangford Lough are as diverse and as interesting as its wildlife” she said “And the stories they tell are fascinating.  These CDs are crammed full of interesting information that gives a real insight to this area’s history, culture, landscape and wildlife.”

“Stories from Strangford Lough” was made possible through the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of work to give people an outlet for their knowledge and understanding of their heritage and also to make it more accessible to the wider public.

Anna Carragher, Chair of the HLF’s Northern Ireland Committee commented, “We are delighted to see the launch of this collection of stories on CD and online.  Stories and memories are a vital part of our heritage and these recordings will give people easy access to explore all the rich local stories of Strangford Lough.  The recordings are an important resource now and for future generations.  A big thank you should go to the players of the National Lottery who allow us to support projects like this.”

Mayor of Ards and North Down Borough Council, Robert Adair “Thanked all those who had contributed to producing the CD and thanked all those that had come along to make the launch held in Greyabbey a great success”.   

The attractively packaged “Stories from Strangford Lough” double CD has over two hours of recorded material and is available from Post Offices in Strangford, Killinchy, Portaferry, Comber, Killyleagh and from Downpatrick and Newtownards Visitor Information Centres, priced at £3.75 to cover the cost of distribution.  It will make a great Christmas present for cosy fireside listening or to shorten those winter car journeys!

The recordings may also be accessed on-line on our YouTube channel Strangford Lough and Lecale

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