Annalong Community Development Association
Annalong is a small picturesque fishing village situated on the County Down coast of Northern Ireland, and nestled at the foot of the stunning Mourne Mountains.
Annalong Community Development Association (ACDA) was set up on 1994 to address the problems of social and economic decline in the area. ACDA is a nonprofit taking, cross community group whose monthly board meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the ACDA office, and are open to anyone within the community. There are currently 4 Directors and a further 3 members. ACDA has been successful in obtaining support from funding organisations to deliver an integrated regeneration project.
Annalong has traditionally relied on the fishing, farming, construction, and granite industries for employment. However, over the past decade there has been a significant restructuring of the Province’s fishing industry. Coupled to this, the recessions within the construction and agricultural sectors have had a detrimental social and economic effect within Annalong.
This has been recognised within the public sector and in 1994, the Department for Agriculture (NI) and the International Fund for Ireland launched a joint initiative “The fishing Villages Programme” to provide substantial funding for community – led socio-economic regeneration schemes within Northern Ireland’s fishing dependent communities.