Working with Bready & District Ulster-Scots Development Association, in 2005 the Foundation implemented a wide-ranging project with several different strands. This Association had been formed in 2001 to promote an interest in, and appreciation of, the history and culture of the Bready area in north-west County Tyrone.

In 2004 the Association successfully applied to the RDC under the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation (Peace II) for funding for a project to erect markers at the boundaries of townlands along the public roads in the area. Townland names would thus be preserved and future generations would be aware of their existence and value to the local community.

In addition, it was decided to create a website devoted to the history of the townlands of Bready and the families who lived in them. The website was built by BRS Systems (it was recently rebuilt by another web developer) and was given the name Bready Ancestry. This online resource includes extensive information on the heritage of the Bready area.

A searchable genealogical database was created containing thousands of records relating to individuals and families who lived in the area over the last 400 years. The Foundation also researched and designed a 30-page booklet about Bready, and ten interpretative panels each covering a different aspect of the history of the area, which are on display in the Sollus Centre in Bready.

  • Bready Townland marker 1
  • Bready Townland marker 2