Jan-Dec 2017


Thursday 26th January – Pub quiz – As many will know, the legendary pub quiz at 8.30pm on the last Thursday of every month in Fiddler’s Green pub, Church St, Portaferry is in aid of PAST.  Do come along for a great evening’s craic and help us with our work.
Friday 27th January – Talk – Dr. Bob Brown will be giving a talk entitled “Birds of the Narrows…. the bigger picture!” at 7.30pm in the Market House, The Square, Portaferry.  Admission, £3 in aid of PAST, includes refreshments.  Bob is an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and entertaining speaker.  This promises to be a fascinating evening.  All welcome.
Thursday 23rd January – Pub quiz

Friday 24th February – Talk – February’s PAST event is all about maritime heritage.  It not only deals with a specific project in Newry to restore the Silvery Light, an historic herring drifter built in 1884, but also, more generally, with efforts to bring together those involved in maritime heritage in N. Ireland.  Gerry Brennan is a leading light in both.  Having heard him speak I know that we are in for an enthusiastic presentation. Refreshments are included in the admission fee of only £3.


Saturday 30th September – Shipwreck bus tour of Lecale, Ian Wilson, coach tour.

Friday 27th October – Talk, “Following Lord Dufferin to High Latitudes”, James Nixon, Portaferry Market House.

Friday 17th November – Talk, “Newry Canal, Past, Present and Future”, Geraldine Foley, Portaferry Market House.

Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd December – Major community event – 4th “Carol Ship on Strangford Lough”

Jan – Dec 2016

Feb 12 Talk – “Death in the North Channel”

Stephen Cameron. Market House, Portaferry

Mar 8 Schools programme – “Ten weeks in 1916”

Allison Murphy, James Elliott, Michael Fieldhouse, Matt Gamble

Mar 12 Talks and enactment “Ten Weeks in 1916”

Gary Laverty, Allison Murphy, James Elliott, Michael Fieldhouse, Matt Gamble.

April 15 Talk – “Greenland’s Forbidden Coast”

Brian Black

May 13 Talk by Christopher Kenny “The Missing Piece and the Schooner Result

June 17-19 Storytelling/street theatre “Smuggling”

As part of Sounds and Sails Festival organised by Portaferry Sailing Club

July 29 Sea shanties talk and songs by “Molgoggers”

As part of SkiffieWorlds 2016

Aug 28 Roepmaking demonstration at the Strangford Village Summer Festival

Sept 10 Shipwreck Bus Tour of the Ards Peninsula led by Ian Wilson

Oct 14 Talk by James Nixon “The HMS Curacoa Tragedy”

Nov 11 Talk by Geraldine Foley “Where airlines fear to tread …” about building Mithril and voyaging to some of the most inaccessible destinations on Earth

Dec 2/3 – Major community event “The Carol Ship on Strangford Lough”