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Corrymeela celebrates 50th anniversary with charity registration success

The Corrymeela Community (NIC101597), which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is one of the latest charities to have been registered by the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland. 

Frances McCandless, Chief Executive of the Commission, commented: “I'm delighted Corrymeela has marked its golden anniversary with the news that it is now a registered charity, with all the benefits that brings with it.

“As well as demonstrating compliance with charity law, registration provides Northern Ireland’s charities with a reliable and public way to highlight the good work they are doing.”

“And with Corrymeela celebrating 50 years alongside its new charitable status, what better time than now to say congratulations and encourage other charities to follow suit and ensure they are ready for registration.”

Founded in 1965 by Reverend Ray Davey and a group of students from Queens University, the Corrymeela Community works to build a shared society whose priorities are based on justice and mutual respect. 

The residential centre in Ballycastle is a space where people of all faiths, political opinions and backgrounds come together to meet and learn from each other. 

The organisation was registered as a charity by the Commission, Northern Ireland’s independent charity regulator, on Tuesday 10 March 2015 and has also been listed on Northern Ireland’s official register of charities

Welcoming the news, Colin Craig, Executive Director of Corrymeela, commented: “Corrymeela believes that groups of people can learn to live and work well together. 

“Throughout 2015 we will celebrate five decades of peacemaking and the thousands of lives that have been impacted by this work. 

“To have received registration status from the Commission is an added bonus as we continue to help build a shared future for all.”

Under charity law, it is compulsory for all charities in Northern Ireland to register with the Commission, regardless of their size, income or whether or not they already have charitable tax status.

According to estimates there are over 7,000 charities in Northern Ireland, with the Commission managing the registration process by calling organisations forward in tranches to apply. 

As of today (12 March 2015) there are 1,198 charities on the Commission’s new register of charities with more added on a weekly, sometimes daily, basis as registration applications are received and assessed by the Commission.

For more information on charity registration, including how you can prepare for registration, please visit the Register your charity section of the website. 

You can also view the Corrymeela Community’s entry on the Northern Ireland register of charities via the Commission’s website by clicking here


For more information please contact Shirley Kernan, Charity Commission for Northern Ireland Communications Officer, on telephone: 028 3832 0169, mobile: 07827338978 or email: 

Notes to editors

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is the independent regulator of charities in Northern Ireland, established under the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008. 

Under charity law, an organisation must apply for registration as a charity in Northern Ireland, regardless of its income, size or whether or not it has received charitable tax status from HMRC, if:

  • it has exclusively charitable purposes 
  • it is governed by the law of Northern Ireland 
  • it has control and direction over its governance and resources. 

Further information on the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland and charity registration is available on the Commission’s website 

To find out more about Corrymeela please visit