Session 1
Partition and the Creation of Northern Ireland 1910-22
20 May 2021

To open our series of engaging Historical Talks on ‘The Government of Ireland Act and the Birth of Northern Ireland 1918-21’, historian and broadcaster, Dr Éamon Phoenix will deliver a special Zoom lecture in conjunction with Ann Donnelly of Northern Ireland Screen on Partition and the Creation of Northern Ireland 1910-22.

This will use historic newsreel footage and State papers to explore the key events and personalities of the decade leading to the opening of the Northern Ireland Parliament in June 1921.

Session 2
Belfast Violence and Border Troubles: the Birth of Northern Ireland 1920-22
17 June 2021

In the second lecture, historian and author of a new book on the Northern Ireland state, Dr Alan Parkinson will speak on the political and security background to the birth-pangs of Northern Ireland, the IRA campaign and the formation of the Ulster Special Constabulary.


11 September 2021
Food of the Borough Tour

This five hour coach tour will give visitors the opportunity to come along and savour everything we have to offer. Led by Donna Fox, a highly experienced tour guide, the coach tour will take in some of our borough’s most iconic food and drink producers as well as introduce visitors to the less well-known food heroes across our borough.  Tour will include lunch and lots of samples along the way.

ABC Borough has arguably the most fertile agricultural land in Northern Ireland and is home to a wonderful array of world renowned, award winning food and drink products.

Thanks to the lush green pastures and drumlins there is a superb selection of dairy products, beef, pork, poultry, bread, compotes, balsamic vinegars, locally pressed oils, pastries etc. This is home of the breath-taking Apple Orchards with their PGI status Bramley apples and an award winning range of locally produced apple juice and craft ciders containing no preservatives. From the shores of Lough Neagh there is easy access to another PGI status product – the distinctive Lough Neagh Eel.

In 2018 this area was awarded 4th top foodie destination on the island of Ireland with the vast selection of award winning artisan products which have been enjoyed in London’s Borough Market, mainland Europe and beyond.

Booking information will be released at a later date.


October 2021
Drums of Northern Ireland

The sound of the drum is something that is synonymous with the culture from Northern Ireland. Join us for a hands-on workshop, demonstration and hear about the history, traditions and cultures of the different drums of Northern Ireland.

Learn about and try the Lambeg Drum, Marching Drums, Bodhrans and other Drums of the World.

Hear about their international influences and listen to playing from renowned professional drummers.

For those interested in drums or drumming this will be a night of fun, education and entertainment.

Booking information will be released at a later date.