NI 100

Ards and North Down set to celebrate Northern Ireland Centenary

Mayor holds blue board with NI 100 text

Ards and North Down Borough Council is planning to deliver a programme of activities during Northern Ireland’s centenary year including celebrating the Borough’s centenarians and centenary babies, organising community engagement activities, delivering educational activities for our younger residents and a programme of lectures and exhibitions.

Mayor Trevor Cummings has welcomed the announcement, saying:

“Many in Ards and North Down are looking forward to celebrating this centenary and it is important to me that our celebrations are as inclusive as possible so everyone in our borough can be involved. The centenary celebrations will give us the opportunity to look back on what we have achieved over the past 100 years, telling local stories from a local perspective and we hope that our reflections will be an opportunity for us all to look forward to the future together.”

We recognise that the Covid-19 pandemic is still with us and have been mindful of potential restrictions during our planning so that while some activities are subject to restrictions many can be adapted for delivery online. 

Calling all Centenarians!

If you, a relative or a friend in the Borough will celebrate their 100th birthday in 2021, we would love to hear from you. We want to recognise anyone born in 1921 in this centenary year. To get involved email communications@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk with the following information:

  • Name of recipient
  • Date of birth
  • Applicants contact details (email address and phone number)

Events programme

Event Description Date
Stretch out the Hand

Ards and North Down Borough Council’s Good Relations team invites you to join us for a film screening about the inauguration of the Northern Ireland parliament in 1921.  King George V was part of this momentous event in Belfast and delivered a speech with a call for reconciliation. 

Entitled ‘Stretch out the Hand’, the film features a young couple who played a role in the ceremony and depicts both their excitement and worries about the future. 

Written by author Philip Orr and performed by Christine Clark and Glenn McGivern, the film includes black and white footage from the period and is an ideal prelude to discussion. 

Join us via Zoom. To register please email goodrelations@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk

Tue 23, Wed 24 or Thu 25 March 2021, 7-8pm.
NI100: Our Borough, Our People

To mark the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Northern Ireland, North Down Museum has put together a special exhibition -' NI100: Our Borough, Our People' which explores local people who have made a national or international impact in their field over the past 100 years. 

Ards and North Down is home to a wealth of talent and this exhibition celebrates the achievements of individuals across eight different categories: - Arts, Entertainment, Leaders, Literature, Music, Science & Industry, Sports and Wartime.

North Down  Museum | Community Gallery 

Dates TBC (subject to restrictions)

NI Centenary: Local Leadership, National Impact

North Down Museum’s NI Centenary: Local Leadership, National Impact exhibition explores the history of how Northern Ireland was established and puts it into the local context of the time.

Like all historical narratives, the lead up to the partition of Ireland and the formation of Northern Ireland is complicated.  The outcome was never straightforward, and the negotiations and political manoeuvring took many years.  While it was hard-fought on both sides; there were some who were happy with the outcome and some who were not.

The exhibition highlights many local people who were at the forefront of the unionist movement at the  time, including Comber native, John Miller Andrews, who played a pivotal role in the opposition of Home Rule, establishing Northern Ireland and sitting in its first Government cabinet. 

North Down Museum | Long Gallery

Dates TBC (subject to restrictions)