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Belturbet Heritage Railway Fundraiser

Fundraiser by Belturbet Heritage Railway Company : Belturbet Heritage Railway Fundraiser (gofundme.com)

The Belturbet Heritage Railway is a group of local volunteers who are dedicated to the preservation of the Belturbet Railway Station.

One of the main attractions at the Railway Station are the Museum Tours which are run by the volunteers of the Belturbet Heritage Railway( B.H.R.)
B.H.R have so many exciting plans and ideas on how to continually develop the Station Museum and what it can offer to visitors.

To turn our plans into reality we require €20,000 to purchase railtrack (including haulage) from Bord na Mona that we have recently been allocated.

The plan is to run 100 metres of narrow gauge adjacent to the platform and run our engine on this. Afterwards a much larger project entails laying 500M of narrow gauge and 500M of broad gauge Great Northern track along with 500M of Velorail on the narrow gauge track.
Engines and carriages will run on both lines which will greatly enhance the offering of the tour of the Railway Museum and attract more visitors and tourists to the Railway and to the town of Belturbet.

 Unfortunately since the Covid 19 pandemic all tours of the Railway Museum have stopped which is one of the main sources of income for the Heritage Group. 

We are hoping that with the help of the local community and friends of Belturbet who are far and near that we could reach our target in order to purchase the track and continue our work in developing the Station in bringing it back to its former glory

All donations would be greatly appreciated and we would love to welcome you all to the Belturbet Railway Station when we are allowed to re-open.

(Belturbet Railway Station closed in 1959 and over the years turned into a dilapidated site. In 1993 the old Railway Station in Belturbet was purchased by the local community group Belturbet Community Development Association for the community. From 1996 to 1999 the station was lovingly restored and since then it has been in the heart of the community in Belturbet being used as a facility for events, meetings and local groups as well as being a tourist attraction.)

Below is a photo from 1951 which shows the engines from the Cavan & Leitrim (left) and The Great Northern (right). We plan to replicate these tracks  from the money we hope to fundraise and to then have engines and carriages running on them. 

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On the map below the red lines indicate where the tracks will be laid and where engines will run .

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Culture Night 2020

Culture Night 2020 on Turbet Island Dreamscape Art Trail

PROJECT Belturbet host an evening of stories and music on Turbet Island Dreamscape Trail.  An intriguing look at some of Jackie O’Neill’s permanent artwork and stories, on this outdoor trail. With local musicians and singers entertaining us at this very historic landmark in Belturbet Co. Cavan

(Online Event, streamed via Facebook and YouTube )

Time: 8.30pm – 9pm

Genres: Heritage / Spoken Word / Visual Art

Features: Family friendly

No Booking Required

More information on the Dreamscapes Trail click here

We look forward to you joining us on the 18th September

Belturbet Zero Waste – results are in!

Belturbet EF Survey Results, July 2019

The average Ecological Footprint (EF) of Belturbet residents calculates at 3.03 global Hectares (gHa). This means if everyone in the world lived as the average Belturbet citizen, we would need 1.7 planets.

The 2019 Belturbet EF Result compares well with the national average, this being over 3 planets.

This is the Baseline we will use to chart our progress to our target of 50% waste reduction over the next 5 years.

Beginning in September, the next step on our Belturbet Zero Waste journey will be a series of workshops on achievable low-carbon changes.

Many thanks to all involved in bringing our Zero Waste project to this stage. For full details of the project check out our web page and stay in touch through our Facebook Page.

Belturbet Zero Waste Committee.

Seán Ó Sé An Poc ar Buile is coming to Belturbet Fleadh

Seán Ó Sé From Ballylickey in West Cork to the Fleadh in Belturbet An Poc ar Buile is coming to Belturbet Civic Centre Sunday 2nd June 2019
The life and times of Cork Singer & Storyteller Seán Ó Sé
A Night of stories ,songs & music that traces the way Seáns his best-known song ‘An Poc ar Buile’, which was recorded in 1962, has been his passport to the world and gifted him with a singing career which has spanned six decades. “It has been great to me and brought me all over the world,” Seán said. Everyone Sing along ,Ailliliú, puilliliú, ailliliú tá an puc ar buile!.
Seán had a long association with Seán Ó Riada, which began with their recording of An Poc ar Buile for Gael-Linn. He sang with Ó Riada on several radio and television programmes, most notably Fleadh Cheoil an Radio. He is featured on many of Ó Riada’s recordings including Ó Riada sa Gaiety and the film music of Rhapsody of a River and Kennedy’s Ireland.
In recent years he has toured in America, the UK and Moscow Shanghai and Havana.

All Star Cast ,Gary Lynch Fermanagh Fiddle. Aishling O Reilly Fermanagh Flute/Whistle .Nadia Markey Monaghan Harp.Dean Warner Leeds UK Piano Accordion .Brigid & Padraig Sinnott Wexford Accordion /Uileann Pipes .
Fintan Mc Manus Fermanagh ,Guitar . Cathal Lynch Tyrone Singer .
Seamus Fay Lilter ,Eamon Maguire Storyteller.
Seán will be joined for two selections by Members of the Talented Belturbet CCE Youth who have been joining us for our Monthly Widows Bar Sessions.
Local friends of Seán & NYAH CCE , Philip Clarke ,Zoran Donohoe , Barry Conaty, Ellen & Jack Grant , Hannah , Charlie & Emily O Reilly ,Aoife, Sean & Niall Curran .Shane, Ryan & Dylan Duffy ,Paul & Oisin Mc Corry and Padraig Conroy will be the House Band for the Show ,

Doors Open 7.30pm Start Time 8pm Two Hour Show .
Limited Seating due to Show being Recorded . First Come Basis
€10 Tickets will be available at Venue if Not Sold Out.
Or Book Tickets in advance From 0868173153 Text /Call.
Tickets on Sale in Widows Bar Belturbet & Multisound Cavan

Seán Ó Sé Singer Photo with thanks to Lorraine Teevan Photography.
Míle Buíochas
Funded by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon the National agency for funding, developing and promoting the arts in Ireland
Traditional Arts Project Award supports initiatives in the field of traditional music, song, dance and the oral arts. The purpose of this award is to support stand-alone projects which enrich the traditional arts landscape by facilitating artists in bringing creative, ambitious and high-quality projects to audiences.
Concert Assisted by Cavan County Council Arts Office .
The Arts Development Award for Community and Arts Development
Dr Labhrás Ó Murchú Ardstiúrthóir of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann & The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Major new youth service announced for Belturbet

Major new youth service announced for Belturbet

A major new youth service has just been announced for Belturbet in County Cavan.

It’s an extension of the Bounce Back Youth Service which currently operates in some towns throughout the county, and is managed by Youth Work Ireland and the ISPCC. Belturbet has been identified as having a lack of dedicated youth services and support workers, and a dedicated youth drop-in cafe or youth space.

Under the new project, three youth workers will be based in Belturbet to provide services which support young people experiencing difficulties with drug and alcohol abuse, anti-social behaviour and mental health.

The project will also involve the development of a Youth Resilience Group Work Programme to help young people cope with the challenges of life today.

Maureen McIntyre, who is the Youth Officer with Cavan Monaghan ETB who are administering the project, says a number of concerns were raised about the lack of youth services in Belturbet in the past.