Rural Showcase

A challenging look at rural life and diversity

Where else but CultureNorthernIreland could you immerse yourself in memories of hiring fairs and the days before tractors, go on a Hare Krishna Island retreat, learn why Belfast is in fact a rural city, and discover the brave new world of modern farming, all in the space of a few mouse-clicks?

These are just a few of the perspectives featured in our exciting Rural Showcase, which reflects the richness and diversity of rural life and heritage in NI as never before.

Articles written by people on the ground, living and breathing the rural experience, are accompanied with colourful photoessays and short films.

The Rural Showcase was funded by the European Union Programme for Peace and Reconciliation, through the Rural Development Council,  with the intention of presenting rural Northern Ireland on a hi-tech platform and giving rural locations parity with metropolitan centres.

More than a hundred contributors have taken part in this unique project, including Rathlin Co-operative Society, Cookstown and Western Shores Area Network, Regeneration of South Armagh network and the Glens of Antrim Historical Society. To enjoy their work please browse the regional links below :

Montage of photos from Antrim


Co Antrim

Montage of photos from Armagh


Co Armagh

Image of Strangford Lough, Co Down


Co Down

Photo of Hare Krishna ceremony on Inish Rath, Co Fermanagh


Co Fermanagh

Photo of Claragh Heritage Centre owner


Co Londonderry 

View of Tinney sculpture, Tyrone


Co Tyrone

 Photo of Rathlin Island

Rathlin Island
Supported by the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation and the Rural Development Council