Photos: Education Officer Clive Price


Our next Hardhat Open Day will be on Sunday 22nd March at 11.30am. Join us for coffee and view the progress we're making with Portico's £1.5m rmakeover. You're also very welcome to celebrate Passiontide at 10.30am in the church hall. Music, provided by the NewQuay Singers, will include Orlando Gibbons's 'Drop Drop Slow Tears' and Bob Chilcott's 'Were You There When They Crucified My Lord'. Luke Sinclair will sing 'Then shall the righteous shine forth' from Mendelssohn's Elijah


Young people in Northern Ireland brought The Great War to a small field in County Down recently when they re-enacted the 1914 Christmas Day truce football match.

About 30 students from Glastry and St Columba's Colleges in North Down took part in the cross-community event organised by Portico. Ten of them donned World War I uniforms for the match, before retreating to Annie's Café for a welcome bowl of stew.

The commemorative ‘football and feast’ kick-started a joint schools project to research and write biographies of all those from Portaferry and the surrounding area who served in World War I. Led by Portico, the initiative is backed by the Reconciliation Fund from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin.


If you are 16-18 years old and not too sure which career path to follow, then check out the fantastic work experience opportunities on offer at PORTICO as part of our £1.5m restoration.
Placements are for 1-5 days in Building Trades with contractors TAL on site in Portaferry. In addition, we can offer work experience in Mechanical & Electrical Engineering with Semple McKillop, in Quantity Surveying and Project Management with Rainey & Best, (both in Belfast) and in Architecture with Maxwell Pierce at their offices in Fermanagh. In Lisburn, Wells Kennedy are offering work experience in Organ Building and CWS Glass in Stained-glass Design and Manufacture.
Please note: each contractor can only accommodate 1 or 2 trainees at any time.
For further information or to book your place contact 028 4272 8808 or email:


Catch a glimpse of the not-too-distant future for Portico – with this stunning animation.

The video offers a bird's eye view of the transformation. You can see a dramatic new entrance and luxurious landscaping, before being taken into a classically decorated interior.

Lisburn-based architectural design specialists 3DPix created this computer image of how Portico may look, after restoration work is completed.

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