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Website Launch

On Friday 22nd February the Market House in Portaferry was packed to capacity when the website for Portaferry's Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) was launched. The launch was followed by two heritage presentations, 'Sailing Ships and Sea Captains of Portaferry' by Allison Murphy and 'Two Portaferry Sailing Vessels' by James Elliott.

The evening began with a welcome from Doug Edmondson, Chairman of Portaferry Regeneration Ltd, under whose auspices the THI programme has been developed. Gary Laverty, THI's Project Manager, then provided details of the website which can be found at www.portaferrythi.com  Here can be found details of all properties in Portaferry which qualify for grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund's initiative. The website is continuously being updated so everyone can be aware of all developments under the scheme and all complementary events which are taking place.

The launch was followed by an illustrated presentation from THI's Education Officer, Allison Murphy, on 'Sailing Ships & Sea Captains' which provided a well-researched background to the great maritime history of Portaferry. All those attending were fascinated to learn that for over a hundred years Portaferry was at the forefront in shipbuilding and that ships, captained by local master mariners, sailed all over the world. James Elliott, whose family had businesses in Portaferry, then gave a very interesting talk about the two ships which they had owned.

Supper was provided and THI officers were available to answer any questions posed.

Among those attending were MP Jim Shannon, MLAs Mike Nesbitt and Kieran McCarthy and Councillor Joe Boyle.


Download the Sailing Ships & Sea Captains Presentation