Cross Community Group Take Historical Tour of Rowallane
Rowallane District Electoral Areas (DEA’s) in partnership with County Down Rural Community Network (CDRCN) recently held their first historical tour of Rowallane. The tour included a visit to Killyleagh Castle and walkabouts of the Saintfield and Ballynahinch Battle sites.
The historical expert leading the tour was Linda McKenna, Heritage Officer, Tourism, Culture and Events from Newry, Mourne and Down District Council who captivated her audience with tales of locals preparing for battle. The past was brought to life as Linda outlined details of the bloody battles of Saintfield and Ballynahinch and inspirational leaders fighting for their rights.
Everyone who attended the event enjoyed hearing and learning a lot more about the history of the area in which they live. This cross-community event showcased not only the local historical sites but outlined how in times of adversity the locals within Rowallane came together to protect not only their area but to fight on a battlefield for their rights.
Speaking at the event Councillor Tierna Kelly, Vice-Chairperson of Rowallane DEA said “Rowallane has a rich and diverse history and I believe that event’s such as today’s tour will help people appreciate what is literally on their doorstep. One cannot help but be impressed with the account of the Battle of Saintfield which was a short but bloody clash and was the first major conflict of the Irish Rebellion of 1798 in Down. I believe our shared history of residents from all walks of life banding together in times of adversity is something we can learn from even today. I hope that today’s tour is the first of many and congratulate the organisers on delivering such an innovative and enjoyable event.”