Northern Ireland was created as a separate legal entity on 3 May 1921, under the Government of Ireland Act 1920.
In January 2019 the following notice of motion as proposed by Cllr C Brownlee, seconded by Cllr G McKeen was agreed by Council.
“That this Council supports the planning and implementation of events marking the 100th birthday of Northern Ireland. Drawing upon our industrial heritage, successful business, the growth of the economy and tourism industry in Mid and East Antrim. Celebrating the success of our local ambassadors, sporting heroes and global stars which have put our country on the map.”
Council has been awarded a grant of £37,200 from the Shared History Fund to celebrate the centenary of Northern Ireland.
We are one of only 39 recipients awarded a grant through the Shared History Fund across Northern Ireland. It is a £1million fund which The National Lottery Heritage Fund is distributing on behalf of the Northern Ireland Office to mark 100 years since the creation of Northern Ireland.
As part of the celebrations for the year ahead, we plan to use the funding for a wide range of events, exhibitions and community initiatives, all aimed at showcasing and championing culture, heritage, education, history, future prosperity, and more.
At the Full Council meeting of 5 October 2020 it was agreed that an Elected Member Working Group be setup to take forward ideas and proposals to mark and celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Northern Ireland.
The Northern Ireland 100 Working Group met on Tuesday 20 October 2020 with the following Elected Members being appointed to serve on it:
Cllr C Brownlee – (appointed Chair)
The Northern Ireland 100 Working Group will meet on a monthly basis and put forward ideas and concepts whereby Mid and East Antrim Borough Council can mark the centenary year through various activities in 2021.
There will be numerous opportunities in 2021 to celebrate and treasure the rich sporting, cultural, entrepreneurial and academic talent from within Mid and East Antrim Borough that has placed Northern Ireland on the world stage.
As well as celebrating our people, this significant occasion will provide an opportunity to promote our Borough as an attractive place to live, visit, work and importantly highlight the advantageous investment opportunities available.