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Loreto College Ulster Project students with Principal Mr B. Lenehan - View Full Size Image
Loreto College Ulster Project students with Principal Mr B. Lenehan

Two students from Loreto College Coleraine, Specialist School, will spend a month of their summer holidays in the USA as part of the annual Ulster Project.

Conor Carlin (Year 10) and Conal Gormley (Year 11) will travel to Kingsport, Tennessee, which is linked with their home town of Limavady through the annual programme of exchanges and journeys.  Each Project is composed of equal numbers of Catholic and Protestant boys and girls, under the guidance of two adult leaders, one Catholic, one Protestant, one male, one female.

During the month of the Project, the entire group of Northern Irish and American teenagers meet almost daily for activities, which include encounter sessions, social activities, community service and worship experiences.  The group will be participating in activities such as: white water rafting, a flying session, a visit to Dollywood, pool parties, pig roasts, Church services, lake days, mountain biking  & and Fourth of July celebrations, as well as helping out on local community projects.

The Ulster Project is an ecumenical, non-profit, non-political, peacemaking organisation working with teenagers from Northern Ireland.  It was founded in 1975 by Canon Kerry Waterstone and supported by his wife Edie. Their idea was to bring Catholic and Protestant teenagers together in a non-threatening environment to learn about each other and about different faiths. The Ulster Project is dedicated to promoting peaceful co-existence of Catholics and Protestants in northern Ireland by building tolerance, trust and on going positive relationships between potential leaders from both traditions.

Because the Project works so well, developing mutual trust and friendship among the Northern Irish youth and their families, participating Northern Irish leaders plan reunions and meetings after the youth return to Northern Ireland, encouraging and allowing the continuing friendships formed during the Project.

As Conor and Conal prepared to leave for Kingsport, they were wished well on their summer adventure by Mr Brian Lenehan, Principal of Loreto College, on behalf of all the staff and students of the school.