Cushendun & District Development Association

 

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Background

 

Cushendun and District Development Association was formed in February 1993 as a result of local people expressing a desire to be actively involved in the process of rural development in the area.

 

The Association was envisaged as a vehicle whereby Cushendun and its District community could play a leading role in matters affecting their lives and the environment in which they live.

 

 

 

Cushendun

 

Cushendun is an area of outstanding natural beauty and part of it falls within a Conservation area.

 

There is no industrial base and the potential for development as a tourist resource is as yet untapped.

 

The economy of the area is based primarily on livestock farming with a general lack of other employment prospects, although in the last few years, people are going into bed and breakfast / self-catering businesses.

 

The needs of young people in terms of employment, housing and recreation require serious attention.

 

 

 

 

Aims of The Development Association

  • To encourage social, recreational and cultural activities

  • To work for increased employment

  • To promote tourism

  • To address environmental issues

  • To liaise between organisations in the area

  • To conserve local traditions and heritage of the area

 

 

 

Past Initiatives

  • Creation (www.ireland-holidays.net) website for the middle glens which promotes the area and takes bookings for accommodation.

  • Erection of a work of Art to commemorate the tragedy of the Foot and Mouth disease.

  • Erection of Anniversary Stone

  • Publication of booklet for tourists.

  • Publication of local newsletters.

 

Environmental Projects

  • We organise 'Litter Lifts'

  • We raise awareness of the over use of plastic bags.

  • We are responsible for planting bulbs and flowers

 

 

Current initiatives

  • Tourist Web Site.  (www.ireland-holidays.net)

  • Provision of playground

  • Riverside walks

  • Maintenance of website

  • Supporting youth club

  • Townlands Project

  • News Letter

  • Whist Drives

  • Events in the Village and Marquee

  • Adult Education Classes

 

 

 

 

Present Committee

Chair            Cassie O'Neil

Vice Chair     Claire Dunn

Treasurer      Stephen Cambell

Secretary      Alister McIlhaton

 

Committee Members

Briege Convery

Roisin Hamilton

Harriet McKay

Bridget Scalley-Millar

Linda Beaven

Marie Mort

Danny Beaven

E-mail: cdda.antrimglens@btopenworld.com

 

The committee meets usually on the 1st Monday of the month.

 

 

 

For more information about Cushendun please visit the following sites:

 

           www.ireland-holidays.net

           www.cushendun.org

           www.antrim.net

           www.northantrim.com

           www.antrimhistory.net

 

 

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