The Grugach's Gold Videos

Wednesday 19 December 2018

As a follow up to the highly successful "Grugach's Gold" participatory budgeting community voting event held on the island at the beginning of November, Participatory Budgeting Works has uploaded two short videos that feature Rathlin. The first short video focuses on the event on the island, and the second slightly longer video puts Rathlin's experiences into the broader context of other communities' experiences of the process. Both are well worth checking out! The films were made by Chris Heath, who is keen to return soon to the island, and hopefully may be able to work with us on a small film project. Watch this space...

Resource Centre Christmas Closing

Monday 17 December 2018


The Resource Centre will close for Christmas 2018 at the end of the workday on Friday 21st December & will reopen on Monday 7th January. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone from the RDCA Committee and from David and Stephen in the Resource Centre!

New Manor House Operator Appointed

Monday 3 December 2018

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The Rathlin Development Community Interest Company is delighted to announce that they have appointed a new operator to manage the Manor House for the next five years.

Genealogy Workshops

Friday 23 November 2018

A series of genealogy workshops starts on Monday 3rd December, covering topics like place-names, censuses, school records, etc. It also includes a trip to PRONI. If you have a laptop, please bring along. There will be four 2-hour sessions from 12.00 noon, with lunch, on Mondays 3rd & 10th December, and Mondays 21st & 28th January. Contact the Resource Centre for more information.

Grugach's Gold Community Voting Event

Monday 19 November 2018

The inaugural “Grugach’s Gold” community voting event was held on Saturday 3rd November in the Parochial Hall. The Grugach’s Gold is the “social dividend” from the Manor House’s profits, and it is intended to be used for the good of the community. To further this, it was decided to use a process known as Participatory Budgeting (PB), a form of participatory democracy, where local people decide how to allocate part of a budget; people on Rathlin deciding how the £1,000 from the Manor House would be spent to benefit the community.

Ministerial Forum 2018

Monday 19 November 2018


The annual Rathlin Ministerial Forum was held in the Parochial Hall on Wednesday 24th October. The Ministerial Forum, set up under the Rathlin Policy, is a crucial opportunity for the RDCA Committee to meet with senior civil servants (and Ministers when they are in office) to progress and manage the Rathlin Action Plan.

Manor House Operator

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Thursday 25 October 2018

Potential new operators for the Manor House were interviewed this morning by an independent panel acting on behalf of the Rathlin Development Community Interest Company. It is hoped that the RDCIC will be in a position to appoint a new operator in the coming weeks, and more information will be made available as soon as arrangements are finalised.

Funeral Arrangements for Liz Withers

Monday 22 October 2018

Reverend Patrick Barton will be saying a prayer at the Co-Op Funeral Home on the Ravenhill Road (334 Ravenhill Road, Belfast BT6 8GL) before all leave at 12.30pm for Roselawn Crematorium (service at 1.30pm, Wednesday 24th October). All Rathlin friends are welcome.

Liz Withers RIP

Friday 19 October 2018

Liz Withers passed away earlier today after a long illness. Liz's funeral will be held at 1.30pm on Wednesday 24th October at Roselawn Crematorium. Our thoughts and prayers are with George and the rest of the family. Liz "will be remembered always by her family and friends for her warmth, generosity and zest for life. Follow the rainbow."

Post Office Temporary Closure Arrangements

Thursday 18 October 2018

With the island's Post Office (and Island Treasures gift shop) closing for refurbishment from Monday 22nd October until Monday 12th November, some alternative arrangements have been put in place. Stamps will be on sale in the shop during this period, and the bar will provide 'cash-back' style card withdrawals (in addition to the ATM in the bar, which charges a fee for each transaction). The post box by the Manor House will stay in operation, and the post office will also try to facilitate other outward post - contact Catriona on 078 6866 3283 if required.

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