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Eddie Butcher Music and Singing Festival 2011

September 8, 2011 Celebrations

14-18 September 2011 A growing Northern Ireland Traditional Music Festival in County Derry In memory of local songwriter Eddie Butcher from Magilligan : (1900-1980) whose life was a rich contribution to traditional music revival in Ireland This local festival is organized by the ‘Shamrock Rose and Thistle Tradition’ committee and heavily supported by the local […]

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Stendhal Festival coming 20th August 2011, Limavady

August 15, 2011 Events

Photography via Stendalfestival.com Main Stage 1100-1130 Chase Atlantis 1150-1220 We Are Burkes Lounge 1240-1310 Tommy Shots 1340-1430 Limavady Big Band 1440-1450 Irish Dancing (Heraghty Schooll of Irish Dancing) 1510-1600 Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland (String Section) 1615-1700 Intermission 1715-1800 Swanee River 1820-1910 The Gorgeous Colours 1930-2030 Key of Atlas 2045-2140 Rainy Boy Sleep 2200-2315 Turin […]

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Na cúnna traditional folk musicians at Downhill Hostel, 1st August 2011

August 6, 2011 Events

August 1st saw our first hosting of the Na cúnna traditional folk music session in Downhill. It was a magical evening drawing traditional musicians from Coleraine to Ballykelly. Thank you to Brian McNichol and the Shamrock Rose and Thistle Committee for organizing the evening and for the fabulous cake! And thank you to McCall’s rock-star […]

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Na cúnna folk and culture club July 2011

July 5, 2011 Events

‘The Classic’ wine bar hosted a fantastic evening of traditional music, singing and recitation organized by Na cúnna folk and culture club on Monday the 4th of July. The traditional folk evenings take place on the first Monday of month at different venues in the Binevenagh area. We will be hosting the August session (Monday […]

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Castlerock Information Centre now open!

July 5, 2011 Events

Actor James Nesbitt visits family home village of Castlerock to officially open Castlerock’s new Information Centre across from Castlerock train station. The centre is the result of years of dedicated work by the Castlerock Community Association in an ongoing regeneration project for the village. James Nesbitt’s family home remains in the village. The actor and […]

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Giant’s Causeway Gallery & Travel Information

March 24, 2011 Activities

Travel Information for Day-trippers The Giants Causeway is one of the ‘must see’ sights when visiting Northern Ireland.  From near – by Downhill Hostel guests can do a beautiful day trip to the Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge, Dunluce Castle, and Bushmills Distillery.  So if you want to stay on the legendary Downhill Beach at […]

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Downhill Hostel at the ‘Hoscars’ Awards London 2011

February 6, 2011 Celebrations

And we are off, I love black cabs.  They still feel exotic to me with their reverse opening doors and seats in a ‘U’ shape.  However, the words ‘drinks reception’ still fill me with a certain amount of dread.  Rooms filled with people I don’t know clutching lukewarm wine or beer all trying to look […]

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Downhill House Animated Reconstruction

January 10, 2011 Uncategorized

We found this lovely little piece of work on youtube, it seems to have been commissioned by the National Trust and was done by a freelance animator from Coleraine. The Downhill Estate or ‘Downhill Demense’ including the Mussenden Temple sits atop the cliff neighboring the Downhill Hostel.  The land for the Hostel building originally named […]

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Our Ferry: Magilligan – Greencastle

June 22, 2010 Day Trips

Ferry contact number: 00353 74 93 81901 from NI or 07493 81901 from Eire The Lough Foyle ferry runs between Magilligan Point (the far end of our beach) and Greencastle, Inishowen, County Donegal. A 15 minute drive from Downhill Hostel brings you to Magilligan Point where you can catch the ferry as a foot passenger […]

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Medieval Fair at Mussenden Temple

June 9, 2010 Events

The first Sunday in June the National Trust holds a medieval fair on the grounds of the Mussenden Temple aka the ‘Downhill Demense’. It is a growing celebration of the beginning of summer with costumed knights and maidens, peasants, and crafts-people roaming the grounds around the various demonstrations and stalls. There are demonstrations of falconry, […]

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