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Armoy seniors craft chocolate heritage on the Causeway Coast!

Armoy ladies at the chocolate manor in Castlerock

In an inspiring collaboration aimed at celebrating cultural heritage and fostering intergenerational connections, the Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust (CCGHT), in partnership with Age NI Living Well Moyle and the Armstrong Storytelling Trust, recently hosted a delightful chocolate workshop at The Chocolate Manor Économusée in Castlerock.

The enjoyable event was organised as part of the

Culturally Creative Communities project.

This initiative, with thanks to the National Lottery Players, is generously supported by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, provided an exceptional opportunity for the Armoy Over 55’s group to dive into the world of artisan chocolate making.

The workshop, which has been highlighted as part of Northern Ireland’s Best Food and Drink Experience in 2022, offered participants a chance to master the art of chocolate tempering, bonbon, and truffle making under the guidance of expert chocolatier Geri Martin.

The hands-on session not only allowed the group to create their own chocolate delicacies but also to understand the intricate process behind crafting the perfect ganache and the techniques of tempering chocolate to achieve a glossy finish.

Armoy ladies at the chocolate manor in Castlerock

CCGHT Communications Office, Portia Woods added:

"We are no stranger to chocolate crafting as milk chocolate was famously discovered and invented by County Down Physician Hans Sloane in the 17th Century, a tasty bit of often unknown Northern Ireland heritage!"

This unique experience is one of many organised under the Culturally Creative Communities project, which seeks to connect older individuals with creative outlets ranging from arts and crafts to food, song, and storytelling.

The project emphasises the importance of positive mental health and emotional well-being, highlighting the cognitive and emotional benefits of engaging in creative activities. By promoting intergenerational exchange, the project aims to enrich the lives of older adults whilst offering valuable learning experiences for younger generations, challenging age-related stereotypes, and fostering a greater understanding between different age groups.

The Culturally Creative Communities project not only preserves and enhances local cultural heritage but also builds meaningful connections across generations, proving that creativity knows no age.

Following the success of the chocolate workshop in Castlerock, the Watercolour Painting workshop with Audrey Kyle and the Afternoon of Local Stories and Song, the project continues to offer a variety of engaging activities designed to inspire and connect community members of all ages.


For more information on upcoming workshops and how your group can participate in the Culturally Creative Communities project, please contact Tiérna Mullan by emailing or calling 07595 413 239.


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