Events Calendar

Date Title Time Description Location
Friday 07 December 2018 Carol Ship on Strangford Lough

Major community event - 5th annual "Carol Ship on Strangford Lough"

Strangford Ferry
Friday 16 November 2018 The Jim Blaney Archive 07:30pm

Allison Murphy and Friends - dramatised presentation of excerpts from the Jim Blaney Archive.

PAST were very fortunate to be given the extensive archive of Jim Blaney following his death on 31 December 2014. It is currently stored in 120 containers ranging from box files to large storage boxes and is being catalogued.

The topic areas are mainly maritime (shipwrecks, lightvessels, local seamen and their families, miscellaneous maritime episodes usually with a Portaferry connection) but also cover local history, Lurgan history and various aspects of Irish culture (language, music, folklore, religion). It includes numerous notebooks, copies of documents and newspaper articles, original correspondence, photographs and 35mm photographic slides, a small number of artefacts as well as approximately 800 published books. There are many treasures in it.

Allison, who has a teaching background and is a co-founder of the Belfast Titanic Society is a remarkable communicator. She has appeared on radio and television, presented regularly on a wide range of topics to a variety of audiences, written the text for major visitor exhibition in Belfast City Hall charting the City's history and written a number of well-received books.

Barholm, Portaferry
Friday 12 October 2018 Stephen Cameron - "The History of Shipbuilding in Belfast"

We welcome Stephen back. He previously gave us a fascinating talk based on extensive research into the sinking of the Princess Victoria entitled "Death in the North Channel". This time he will deal with Belfast's remarkable history as a shipbuilding centre. He co-founded and is past chairman of the Belfast Titanic Society and has published a number of books including "Belfast Shipbuilders. A Titanic Tale".

The Recreation Hub at Portaferry Sailing Club
Friday 07 September 2018 Presentation: The Big Four of the White Star Fleet

Mark Chirnside, widely published and acclaimed author of works relating to ocean lingers and, in particular, those the White Star Line, presents an informative talk. This talk will deal with four of their ships that preceeded the more famous Olympic class but were, arguably, more successful.

The Recreation Hub at Portaferry Sailing Club
Saturday 25 August 2018 Guided Boat Tour 10:00am

A 2-hour guided boat tour. Meet at the Quay, Portaferry. Maximum number of 40 places available. Booking via email is essential.

Strangford Lough
Monday 09 July 2018 Exhibition

Exhibition entitled "1818, the Golden Age of Portaferry and Strangford" to mark the opening of The Ropewalk (PAST’s new maritime visitor centre).

The Ropewalk Maritime Visitor Centre, the Ropewalk, Portaferry
Thursday 28 June 2018 Portaferry Sails and Sounds

Portaferry Sailing Club and the Old Gaffer's Association - mini-symposium presented by PAST:

30th June @ 11:00am

Christopher Kenny, "The Last Ulster Schooler: 125 years of the sailing ship Result". Once described as the 'finest small sailing ship ever built in these isles', Result is a unique survivor from the Victorian era. From cargo ship, film star and First World War U-boat hunter, to exhibit at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum Result has been through a lot. This talk will cover her illustrious past and the plans for her future.
Christopher Kenny is a maritime historian who is extensively researching the Result's past, and lobbying for her to be restored and made accessivle to the public. Through his volunteer work at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum he recently worked on an exhibition charting the Result's history.

1 July @ 11:00am

Donald Nelson, "The Last Voyage of the Fancy". Donald has had many seaborne adventures in the traditional craft. This talk deals with his boyages in a Galway Hooker, the beautiful, sailing work boat of Galway Bay. This is particularly apt in view of the plan to build replicas of these important boats to mark Galway's year as EUropean Capital of Culture, 2020.

The Recreation Hub at Portaferry Sailing Club
Saturday 02 June 2018 PAST CoffeeMorning & Cake Sale 10:00am

Come along, have a great time and help us raise money for our work.  Find out about our maritime heritage visitor centre, The Ropewalk.

Thursday 31 May 2018 Pub Quiz in aid of PAST 08:30pm

This month’s pub quiz in aid of PAST is this Thursday, 31st May in Fiddler’s Green, Portaferry.  As usual it will start at 8.30pm.  Come along and have a great evening’s craic while supporting a good cause.  Bring all your friends.

Fiddler’s Green, Portaferry
Saturday 05 May 2018 Seashore Forage 09:30am

Daryl Birkett & David Thompson - Seashore forage. Meet outside the Queen's Marine Lab, Portaferry (opposite the ferry slip) @ 09:30am. Travel by own car to Ballyhenry Bay. Bring warm clothes, boots, walking stick(s) if necessary. Max. no. = 15. Tickets £10 per person. Booking essential via email.

Queen's Marine Lab, Portaferry
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