Friday, 19 August 2016

Church leaders invite community to 'walk with them' and participate in the Tour de Foyle Community Challenge 2016.
The countdown is on as the leaders of the Churches in the City of Derry invite people to get on their bikes or put on their walking/running shoes and participate in this years 'Tour de Foyle' 10:80 Community Challenge, which will take place on Saturday 27th August, setting off from the Foyle Arena.
Local Church Leaders launching the event include: Bishop Donal McKeown, Rev. Peter Murray, Rev. Robert Buiock and Bishop Ken Good. The event is being planned by the North West Methodist Mission and the Churches Trust, and is supported by the four Church leaders in Derry. Now going into its third year, the event has attracted participation from far and wide and organisers are hoping this year's event will be even bigger and better than previous years.
10K ‘Walk with us’ Charity Walk 
Building on the 10k run the events team introduced last year, so as to be even more inclusive, it was decided to introduce the option of walking 10K. The church leaders will lead this element of the event and invite everyone to join them in what will be a leisurely and scenic walk.
Participants will begin at Foyle Arena, make their way through St Columb’s Park toward the
riverfront, along the peace bridge and along the waterfront and into Bay Park (where there
will be a water station) up on to and along the Foyle Bridge, along the Greenway and back
into St. Columb's park, finishing back at Foyle Arena where some well-earned and delicious 
refreshments will be served.
 80K Charity Cycle
Cyclists will undertake a scenic lap of Lough Foyle. Leaving the Foyle arena, participants will cycle
to Magilligan and after a brief 'pit stop'  will then board the Ferry across to Greencastle. The route will then proceed back to the City crossing the Peace Bridge into St. Columb's park and finishing back at the Foyle Arena. Having attracted 240 people last year, we welcome back previous participants and new ones alike and are delighted the Ferry crossing will be well established again by the time the event comes around. 
10K Charity Run
Given the surge in running locally and beyond, organisers have decided to build on the 10k Run, which was introduced last year. It will take the same route as the walk described above. Why not use it as a last training run for the half marathon a week later?
The Tour de Foyle 10:80 Community Challenge is all about taking part: is a fun event and not a race. It is open to everyone, from the novice to the experts in walking, running or cycling, building on the growing trend towards getting fit and healthy, the idea is to bring people together from all the communities across the city and beyond. In doing so, to raise funding for the Homeless and hungry here in the city of Derry. 
By taking part in the Challenge events you will be helping people in your own community who are experiencing difficult times in their lives and are working with the help of our charities to get things back on track.  
So please help us continue to help put people’s lives back on track by getting on your bike or putting on your walking/running shoes on Saturday 27th August 2016 and taking part in one of our events.  
Registration is now open and will close on 22nd August so book early to avoid disappointment.
Visit  for further details.
For those unable to participate, they can still show their support and make a donation by visiting
Information on Event promoters:
North West Methodist Mission
NWMM has been providing services to Homeless Men in the City for 80 years and prides itself on 
helping service users help themselves. We provide temporary accommodation, training & 
reskilling, advocacy, resettlement and tenancy support. We also provide outreach work
and a Drop-In facility for clients who have found that roof over their heads they can once 
again call home.
The Churches Trust – Pantry Project
The Churches’ Trust is an interdenominational organisation established by the leaders of Christian
churches to respond to deprivation in the area. Among the many projects of the Churches’ Trust is
the Pantry Project, a foodbank established to provide an emergency response to feed families and 
individuals who have reached a temporary crisis situation. The Churches’ Trust supports local
people in crisis, respecting their dignity at all times, whilst signposting them to community
groups and other agencies to address circumstances leading to the crisis situation.


Thursday, 4 August 2016

Féile Grianán Áiligh - Lughnasa Legends Festival

This coming Saturday sees Féile Grianán Áiligh take place at Grianán Fort in Burt, Inishowen Co. Donegal. Now in it's 5th year this years event is going to be the most ambitious one the group has undertaken in its five year history

  • Féile Grianán Áiligh has revealed the line-up for its Lughnasa Legends Festival.

    According to co-organiser, Tracey McRory, the 2016 Festival is the most ambitious event the group has undertaken in its five year history.

    The renowned Harper and Lughnasa Legends Bean a’Tí said: “Féile Grianán Áiligh’s Lughnasa Legends Festival is taking place at Grianán Fort on Saturday, August 6, from 1.30pm to 7.00pm. It will feature 170 artists drawn from Counties Donegal, Derry, as well as the Diaspora in Scotland and the United States.
  • "I would describe the festival as an eclectic mix of musicians, singers, dancers and storytellers, performing at Grianán Fort, a beautiful, natural amphitheatre, 'the most compelling antiquity by far in Donegal', and contributing to a joyous celebration of our island's rich musical, cultural and linguistic heritage!

    “The Féile Grianán Áiligh Lughnasa Legends Festival is a Twenty First Century re-imagining of the entertainment, which would have been on offer in 395 AD Grianán Fort. That is when Eoghain, son of Niall of the Nine Hostages, established himself as a ‘competent and strong leader’ at what was regarded, even then, as an ancient seat of royalty.

    “We will be welcoming the Inishowen Traditional Music Project, the North Texas School of Traditional Music, the Cairngorm Ceilidh Trail (Scotland), the Ceolan School of Irish Music (Moville) and Coirm (Letterkenny) to the Fort. Sandra McKay and Eilidh Mac Donald, Gaelic singers from the Scottish Isles, and dancers from the McKinney (Burt) and Hegarty (Buncrana) schools, amongst others, will also be gracing the Lughnasa Legends’ Festival stage. With Set, Step Céilí and Sean Nós dancing, there’s definitely something for everyone,” added Tracey.

    Throughout the Lughnasa Legends Festival, visiting musicians and audience members will also have the opportunity to learn more about this historic site, from the professional tour guides present.

    The Féile Grianán Áiligh Lughnasa Legends Festival will culminate with a spectacular finale.
    Tracey McRory said: “An ensemble comprising all of the Festival’s musicians will truly bring Grianán to life, as the evening shadows fall!”

    Traffic and access restrictions will apply during Féile Grianán Áiligh’s Lughnasa Legends Festival. There will be a park and ride service in operation. The cost is 5 Euro per person with u-12’s going free. There will also be a variety of food outlets present at Grianán during the Festival. The event is also a strictly alcohol free.

    All Féile Grianán Áiligh Lughnasa Legends Festival updates are available on Twitter: @Féile_Grianán and Facebook: Féile Grianán Áiligh Lughnasa Legends’ Festival.
    Féile Grianán Áiligh 2013 Video: