Chairperson's Address


As incoming chair of the trustees of Aras Cholmcille trust I would like to thank Grainne McCafferty, Edgar McCormick and Monsignor Bryan McCanny, who have stepped down as trustees of the project.


          The Board of Trustees will continue to promote the history and heritage of Saint Columba and early Christian history of the area. We will work to advance through education and appreciate of all matters relating to Saint Columba. We will make this available for exhibitions, workshops and other educational activities. The trust will strive to promote understanding between different faith groups.


          I acknowledge the enormous amount of work that has gone into the restoration of this beautiful building and the establishment of St Columba Heritage Centre. As a Board of Trustees we dedicate our energy to the further development at Aras Cholmcille as a significant asset to the educational historical and community life of Derry.


          As a Board of Trustees we will seek to recruit members who have skills to help promote our aims and purposes. I want to thank all who have contributed to bringing Aras Cholmcille Trust to the stage we are at today. We will continue to build and develop the project further.

                                                                                                                   Giovanni Doran

                                                                                                              Chairperson Áras Cholmcille Trust




29 October 2015

Elected Officers at Annual General Meeting on 27th October 2015

Executive Committee:
Chairperson: Mr Giovanni Doran
Secretary: Mrs Joan Stewart
Treasurer: Reverend Brendan J. Collins

Dr Laura Bradley
Dr Liam Campbell
Reverend Brendan J. Collins (Treasurer)
Ms Audrey Doak
Mr Ivor Doherty
Mr Giovanni Doran (Chairperson)
Reverend David Latimer
Mr Richard Moore
Mrs Joan Stewart (Secretary)

Appointed Accountant:
Claremount Accounts
43 Clarendon St, Derry, County Derry BT48 7ER

Appointed Solicitor:
Hasson and Company
39-41 Clarendon St, Londonderry BT48 7ER

Company Secretary:
Mrs Joan Stewart

Registered Office:
Claremount Accounts,
43 Clarendon St, Derry, County Derry BT48 7ER


24 June 2015




The St Columba Heritage Centre, dedicated to Derry’s founding father, is appealing for local votes as it strives to land a coveted National Lottery Awards title and be honoured on the BBC later this year.
The project beat off stiff competition from more than 600 organisations to reach the public voting stage in this year’s National Lottery Awards – the annual search for the most popular Lottery-funded projects.  It is the only heritage project in Northern Ireland to be selected for the final.

The St Columba Heritage Centre is competing against six other contenders to be crowned the winner of the Heritage category.  Winners of the seven National Lottery Awards categories will get a £2,000 cash prize, an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy and attend a star-studded Awards ceremony, broadcast on BBC One in September.
St Columba Heritage Centre promotes the early monastic history and cultural heritage of Derry~Londonderry and its founding father, Columba, preserving his legacy for future generations.

Grainne McCafferty, chairperson of the Áras Cholmcille Trust, said winning the prestigious National Lottery Award and having their work showcased on national television would be an honour:

 “We are absolutely delighted to reach the finals of the National Lottery Awards. The St Columba Heritage Centre promotes the early monastic history and cultural heritage of Derry~Londonderry and its founder, Columba, preserving his shared legacy for future generations. National Lottery funding has enabled us to restore the B2-listed derelict ‘Wee Nuns’ school building and transform it into a visitor centre with exhibition space dedicated to the story of Columba and the foundation of this ancient city. We are now appealing for everyone to get behind us and vote for us in these awards to secure further recognition for this fantastic project.”

TV star and actor John Barrowman will be presenting the National Lottery Awards for the fifth time this year.  He said:
“The exceptionally selfless work carried out by National Lottery Awards finalists never fails to astound me.  Their work deserves to be celebrated nationally; the community spirit, social cohesion and compassion.”
“It is crucial that you show your support for your local project so it can get the national glory that it richly deserves. National Lottery players should swell with pride that £34 million of Lottery funding is raised every single week for projects like this across the UK.”

To vote for the St Columba Heritage Centre please go to or telephone 0844 836 9675 and follow the campaign on twitter: hashtag #NLAwards.  Voting runs for five weeks from 9am on Wednesday 24 June until midnight on Wednesday 29 July.   

There are seven projects competing for votes across seven categories, reflecting the main areas of National Lottery funding: arts, sport, heritage, health, environment, education and voluntary/charity. 

For further information please contact The National Lottery Awards:
Ruairi O’Kane on 07788 612804 or email Ruairi.o’This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

•    Áras Cholmcille St Columba Heritage Centre received £744,500 of National Lottery funding through the Heritage Lottery Fund
•    Telephone voting calls cost 5p max (a connection charge may be applied by some networks.  Please check with your provider.)  
•    All voting will be independently adjudicated and verified by Electoral Reform Services

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