Ardglass Development Association have consistently raised monies for Village development projects since 1991 with a record second to none of any village in Lecale including the Marina, Visitor Centre, streetscapes and environmental improvement.

This website was started in late 2013 when then Ardglass Development Association chairperson Gerry O’Shea was working to update and upgrade the old Ardglass website. When Gerry suddenly passed away, the committee decided to see the project though in his memory.  Gerry also contributed significantly to the development of the Martime Heritage Centre in Bath Street and the building is named in his memory.

This website was developed as a means of promoting the heritage of Ardglass to visitors and to tell the story of our vibrant village. We received help in doing so from many sources including Down Rural Area Partnership who provided 70% funding. The photographs have come from various collections including the National Library of Irleand, National Museums Northern Ireland, and Down County Museum. Volunteers have also been out to photograph other images used on the website.

A few words on Ardglass Development Association; like any village in Lecale, voluntary community work usually falls to a list of the ‘usual suspects’ in delivering benefit for the community. We are lucky in Ardglass to have several community groups each working in different areas like GAA, soccer, the festival committee, community hall, historical group, and many others.

Ardglass Development Association have consistently raised monies for Village development projects since 1994 with a record second to none of any village in Lecale including the Marina for £1.6 million, the Ardglass Community Centre upgrade, the DSD Environmental Improvement Scheme in 2005 for £2.4 million, Maritime Heritage Centre, Computer training, youth projects, Ardglass website, festivals and a community garden. For this hard work we have been awarded the Contribution to Tourism Award which was presented by Tourism Northern Ireland.

The committee are always looking for fresh faces and to pass on their skills.  If you feel you can help please email duane.fitzsimons@hotmail.co.uk.