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Ministers McCausland and Foster announce completion of a heritage trail for Ballycastle

Ministers Nelson McCausland and Arlene Foster have announced the completion of a Heritage Trail for Ballycastle Town Centre.
Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Welcoming the completion of the scheme Minister McCausland said: “The Heritage Trail is one of the regeneration initiatives set out in the Ballycastle Town Strategy and it is an important step that it has now been completed. The Heritage Trail tells the rich and diverse history of the Ballycastle over the years through a series of interpretative panels. This trail will encourage more people to visit Ballycastle town centre, spend more time there and learn about the history of the town.

“My Department has contributed £68,000 towards the development of this Heritage trail. This includes the up-grade of the Tow River path which provides an alternative connection between the town centre and the sea-front. Encouraging more people to come into Ballycastle town centre can only be good for the town and will bring more vibrancy and life into this historic seaside resort.”

Tourism Minister Arlene Foster added: “My Department, through the Northern Ireland Tourist Board has contributed £68,000, through the Tourism Development Scheme, to help position Ballycastle as a must-see coastal resort. This additional attraction will encourage visitors on the internationally recognised Causeway Coastal Route to stop off and visit Ballycastle, and therefore help support the local economy.

“The trail’s innovative infrastructure and the interactive interpretation on offer is a great tourism asset for Ballycastle, offering both visitors and locals alike an opportunity to explore more of the town’s rich, diverse heritage and culture. Good orientation and signage is an essential part of the visitor experience and this trail will not only clearly point visitors to key sites but also encourage them to embark on a journey of discovery of the town’s compelling history and heritage.”

Councillor Sandra Hunter, Chairperson of Moyle District Council said: “Ballycastle is an important destination town within the North Coast and the creation of this Heritage Trail will enhance the visitor experience to the area also benefiting the local community. The upgrade of the Tow Path that included lighting the path and putting in some seating will enable locals to use the path all year round not just in the summer months.”

Inspector Bryan Hume, Chairperson of the Ballycastle Town Partnership said: “Ballycastle Town Partnership together with Moyle District Council, DSD and NITB have worked closely together to develop this project, which will not only encourage more footfall around the town but allow visitors new opportunities to get to know this area.”

Notes to editors:

  1. Total cost of the Town Heritage Trail and up-grade of the Tow River path was £147,179. Funding was as follows:-

    - Department for Social Development £67,899
    - NITB £67,614
    - Moyle District Council £11,666
  2. The project was delivered by Ballycastle Town Partnership with assistance from Moyle District Council.
  3. News Media enquiries to DSD Information Office on 028 90829233. Out of Office contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699715440 and your call will be returned
  4. Graphics of the interpretative signage are available from Moyle District Council. Contact Margaret Craig, Economic Development Officer 028 20 762225.