Chairperson: Mauretti Bn Uí Flathartha
Mary Jackson, Mary Walsh
Women's Group, comprising women from Ballycastle and surrounding
areas was formed in June 1996. They opened the 'Dún Briste'
Art & Crafts Shop in 1997 specialising in local hand-made
products. This is situated in the Resource Centre on Main
Street and is open daily. They have designed their own Logo
featuring 'Dún Briste' ( a majestic sea stack at nearby Downpatrick
Head) and goods bearing this Logo are now in stock.
Group obtained funding for the purchase of a photocopier,
fax machine and computer with Internet Access and those facilities
are available to the public. They also obtained funding for
a library of books on health issues and for talks and seminars
on women's health.
the winter months, the group usually meet on Thursday nights
and have held various talks, craft demonstrations, courses
and social events. They also hold fund-raising Table Quizzes
and have gone on a few outings including a guided tour of
Tír Saile Sculpture Trail.
1999, the group designed and completed a wall hanging of 28
knitted squares with a design in Swiss Darning and initialled
by each individual member. In 2004, the group completed a
Patchwork & Appliqué Quilt which was raffled to raise funds
for the group. In 2005, the group made a Patchwork Quilt (different
design) which was again raffled on the June Bank Holiday weekend.
Art Group held their 12th exhibition on Saturday 29th July
2005 in the Resource Centre Gallery. They had classes
in Watercolour painting in November/December 2005, with Bernie
O'Meara, and those paintings will be exhibited in Moygownagh
Community Centre in June 2006. Painting and Drawing classes,
with Áine O'Connor, began in January and the group
will hold an exhibition of their work at the end of July/beginning
of August (date to be arranged).