Ulster Project Delaware
Recently, Kimmel Carter sponsored the Ulster Project Delaware 5k. Ulster Project Delaware was founded in 1976 by the late Charles and Josephine Robinson in combination with Canon Kerry Waterstone of the Church of Ireland in Tullymore, Ireland, as a program to build understanding between Northern Irish Catholic and Protestant teenagers. In 1921, the overwhelmingly Catholic Republic of Ireland was formed as an independent nation, while the province of Ulster, predominantly Protestant, remained with Britain. Tension built between the Irish Catholic and Protestant religions, which led to conflict between the two groups. What is internationally known as the Northern Ireland conflict, or the “low-level war” was brought on in the late 1960’s. Fueled by historical events, the conflict began during a campaign to end discrimination against the Catholic and nationalist group by the Protestant and unionist government.
Ulster Project Delaware promotes peace by hosting 18 Catholic and Protestant teens from Northern Ireland cities. The project rotates selection from Banbridge, Coleraine, Portadown, and Belfast. With over 40 years of service, 24 other Ulster projects have modeled themselves off of Delaware’s current structure. Ulster Project Delaware is the oldest, continuously running in the United States. Since it was founded, Ulster Project Delaware has brought 710 Northern Irish teens and 136 adult leaders to our area. Kimmel Carter is a proud sponsor of the Delaware Ulster Project, promoting a spirit of community, tolerance, and friendship amongst a diverse group of future leaders.