Saturday, 2 October 2010

Loughries Mini Ulster Scots Festival - 2010

Today's trip 'A Forenoon Aroon the Ards' was a resounding success.

The weather was near perfect with a packed bus and folk full of anticipation we set off as planned at 0900 from the Square Newtownards, to the Old Priory for a 30 minute stop where we were joined by John O'Keeffe from the Environment Agency excellent history talk from Mark Thompson and John. Back on the bus and a drive to Greyabbey first to Rosemount House, then to the Abbey and finally Pebbles coffee house.

Back on the bus the tour made it way to Ballyboley, Carrowdore, Ballyfrenis, Millisle and Templepatrick to Donaghadee. Mark Thompson was an excellent commentary of the historical events around that area mainly Hamilton & Montgomery but also 1798 Rebellion information.

Debus at Donaghadee Parish church for a tour of the church yard, than onto the six road ends to Betsy Gray's home then onto Movilla Abbey
Tour completed 1pm as scheduled.

This was a highly successful trip thoroughly enjoyed by all - Loughries sincerely would like to thank Mark Thompson for his infectious enthusiasm, expert knowledge of the Peninsula and helping to explain its wonderful history.

Here are a few snaps.


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