“Over here it doesn’t really take into consideration what religion or where you’re from or what you grew up believing, it’s all about making friends,”
Ulster Project's Beginnings
The Ulster Project started during a time of violence in Northern Ireland during the 1970s called “The Troubles.” The fighting at that time was between the predominantly Catholic Republicans and predominantly Protestant Loyalists. The idea for the Ulster Project came when an Anglican priest from Northern Ireland went to Connecticut as part of an exchange and was struck by Catholic and Protestant children going to the same school and often not even knowing where their friends went to church.
During the month, the entire group of Northern Irish and American teens meet almost daily for social activities, community service projects, and worship services in different Churches.
Friendships that Will Last a Lifetime
“I find it’s an amazing experience for teenagers, and as they get back home, they’ll definitely follow on and they’ll keep the friendships, because I’ve definitely done it myself,”
- Barry Glackin, a former participant from Northern Ireland and a four-time Ulster Project Counselor