The Ruairi Og Hurling club Cushendall hosted a Big Lunch event on Saturday 10 September, encouraging local people outdoors for a few hours of food fun and friendship.

The Big lunch is an initiative from environmental and educational charity the Eden project, Big Lottery fund the campaign and its sponsored by Mastercard, EDF and Kingsmill.

This year over two million people took part in June, but the Cushendall event had to be postponed due to torrential rain.

The Ruairi Ogs were hosting young hurlers from De La Salle Co Waterford over the weekend so it was the ideal opportunity to revisit The Big Lunch and bring local people together for some family fun with proceeds going to buy safety sports equipment for local schools.

It was a fun packed day with hurling and camogie matches, BBQ, Face painting, laser tagging, challenges and sponge throwing there was plenty to keep everyone amused.

Mums were encouraged to indulge themselves at the craft fair, there was relaxing massage by Ballycastle Holistic therapist - Altenate healing and yummy cupcakes by local lass Katherine Jennings and Dromona Delights.

Warwick Simpson Woodwork Bushmills demonstrated is wood turning using local sustainably sourced wood.

The day ended well with a display of local Irish dancing talent accompanied by the local Comhaltas traditional music group and their guest Alaskan flute player.

Visitors from Alaska, England, Scotland and Waterford all enjoyed themselves. One visitor said: “It’s great to be part of a local celebration of culture and community, this was a great chilled out experience I will remember forever.”

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