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Lough Neagh Secures Funding from Heritage Lottery Fund

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                           To Help Celebrate                   

World Wetlands Day  

On Rams Island Lough Neagh

Saturday 15th March 2014

 Volunteer Litter Lift and Tour

Boat leaves Sandy Bay 11.00a.m.

Details contact Michael


email michael@ramsisland.org

This event was postponed from 1st of February due to adverse weather

Children accompanied by an adult welcome.

A family day out on Lough Neagh with light refreshments provided by RBLNAC.

Helping the Environment
                Supported by Antrim Borough Council 

pictures  below from previous  events

2014 is the UN International Year of Family Farming – so the Ramsar Convention chose Wetlands & Agriculture as the World Wetlands Day theme for 2014. And what a great theme for Ramsar, given that wetlands are so often intimately linked with agriculture. The slogan Wetlands and Agriculture: Partners for Growth, placing a focus on the need for the wetland and agricultural sectors (and the water sector too of course) to work together for the best shared outcomes.

For more info about World Wetlands Day visit www.ramsar.org


It must be stressed that the litter has been brought to the Island by floods and not left by visitors.  Visitors to the Island are usually very cooperative and do not as a rule leave litter.



A short video about the Woodcarvings on the Island


Woodcarver from Rams Island on Vimeo.


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The River Bann & Lough Neagh Association Co has produced a guide for the two major Islands of Lough Neagh, Coney Island and Rams Island.
48 pages of information about the flora and fauna, history and a small hint of scandal.

Its available now for £6 plus £1.50p&p


also available for local pickup

email: michael@ramsisland.org


Ram’s Island Heritage Project

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Ram's Island is located approximately one mile offshore from Lennymore Bay and Sandy Bay on the Eastern Shore of Lough Neagh. Rams is the largest island on Lough Neagh. Lough Neagh was designated as an Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI), a Special Protection Area and a Ramsar site in 1992, 1996 and 1976 respectively.  It has been suggested that Rams was formed as a Glacial Esker. It is nearly one mile long by a quarter of a mile wide at the widest southern end. Notable features of the Island are a round tower (a scheduled ancient monument 58:16, the remains of a Celtic Monastic Settlement about a thousand years old) and the ruins of the O’Neill’s’ nineteenth century summer house. The Island was last permanently inhabited in the 1920s by the Cardwell family who were caretakers for the O’Neill’s. The remains of Cardwell’s harbour, left dry by the lowering of Lough Neagh, can be seen near the ruins of Cardwell’s little house. The Island has quite a number of mature deciduous trees including Oak, Ash, Alder, Willow, Birch, Beech, Sycamore, Lime, Horse Chestnut, and unusually Walnut. There are Yew, Snowdrops, Bluebells, Primrose, Lords and Ladies (Jack in the Pulpit), Wild Mint, Wild Garlic, Lesser Celandine, Ferns and a carpet of Daffodils, depending on the season. Fungi such as Scarlet Elf’s Cap and Jelly Ear can also be found. There are also various Mosses and Lichens. Although overgrown, there are remains of a carriageway along the elevated central spine of the island. There are overgrown paths along the entire length of the Island. Its remote, wilderness and ‘lost in time’ qualities make Ram’s a pleasant and attractive place to visit.



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