Brief History

A Brief History of Ulster Project Delaware

Ulster Project Delaware was founded in 1976 by the late Charles and Josephine Robinson in conjunction 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.

Each July, the project brings a group of teenagers between the ages of 14 and 16, half Catholic, half Protestant, and half girls, half boys, to the Wilmington area where they live with host teenagers and their families for four weeks.  While here, the Northern Irish and American teens participate in a variety of group building, social, sightseeing, and spiritual activities that enable them to create enduring friendships and mutual understanding.  When they return to Northern Ireland, the four adult leaders who have come along with the teens continue to bring them together for follow-up activities and reunions during the next year and a half.

Ulster Project Delaware is the oldest, continuously running Ulster Project in the United States. Since it was founded it has brought 710 Northern Irish teens and 136 adult leaders to our area from the towns of Portadown, Banbridge, and Coleraine.  In 1988, Ulster Project Delaware was awarded the Eisenhower Award by the Delaware chapter of People to People, “…in recognition of a demonstrated and significant contribution to the advancement of international understanding.

Ulster Project Delaware is a project of Pacem in Terris.