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Eagle Wing

The Eagle Wing was the first emigrant ship to leave Ulster for America. She sailed from Groomsport in September 1636, carrying 140 Presbyterians in search of a life free from persecution in the new World.

Although she did not reach her destination, the Eagle Wing became the inspiration for others to make their attempts and since those days, several million people have left our shores, taking with them their culture and traditions. These cultural links with America continue to be celebrated in Groomsport at the Eagle Wing Festival.

Our church newsletter takes its title from this significant piece of local history. In 2002 Jennifer Hulme, a member of the congregation and well known local artist, created the cover design which depicts the symbols of the wing, sail and cross.