About Us

Why Choose Dalriada Training

Dalriada Training is a community interest company (CIC) based physically on the north coast of Northern Ireland and online. We deliver courses and workshops to suit the needs of our community and are always open to new ideas and requests. We regularly consult the community, so we stay connected to their needs and consequently we have regular re-engagement with groups and individuals. Our bespoke courses and workshops ensure we stay connected to our community.

Pictured on this page is the Cromie Hall; which is available for hire. If you’re interesting in hiring out the Cromie Hall, feel free to send them an email at cromiehall@hotmail.com

Course content

“I really enjoyed the course I came away knowing so much more”.

Course structure

“I feel nothing could be improved it was a great course.”

Course Content

“I really enjoyed the course I came away knowing so much more”.


“Clear and concise. Listened and addressed all questions with in depth knowledge”.

“Interacted well with all members of the group and listened to everyone’s opinion and concerns.”

Overall Experience

“I feel nothing could be improved it was a great course.”

“Excellent course. Well delivered by an experienced facilitator who understood her subject. I will be highly recommending this course to others.”



The course was the first one of its type I had ever attended and I was apprehensive, especially as I knew no one else there. I was made to feel relaxed. The teaching was done in a calm and stress-free way, suitable for the topic, but it was obvious the tutor knew her subject well and could handle all questions. I would definitely recommend Dalriada Training. Jean

Our Directors

Leanne Abernethy

Leanne graduated from Ulster University in 2022 with a First-Class Honours Degree in Community Development and is currently completing a Master’s Degree in Social Policy with Research. She has a PGCert in Restorative Practices and qualified in Humanitarian Negotiations, Mediation, Suicide Awareness First Aid, Tourism, Climate Change, Oral History and Youth Work.

Leanne has over 15 years experience, both within the private health and community sector, developing and delivering training programmes for a range of clients. She has gained an extensive knowledge in building community relations and conflict resolution management. Her skills lie in capacity building, political lobbying and engagement, volunteer development and building sustainable relationships are exemplary. She has extensive experience implementing and delivering interactive training programmes to help support organisations from conception to sustainability regardless of community background. Leanne has been the Director of Programmes at Dalriada Training Services C.I.C. since 2016 and is responsible for overseeing the implementation and delivery of their training portfolio, including all accredited OCN courses delivered by Dalriada Training.

Mandy Harkness

Mandy lives in Londonderry and is a senior support worker with the ‘listening ear’ service at North West Regional College and has a keen interest in the field of mental health. She has been involved in the education sector in various roles from 1998 and has a passion for providing accessible learning for the community sector. She also has hands-on experience with local community and women’s groups. Mandy has been a Director of Dalriada since 2022 and brings vast experience of the education sector with her. 

Kieva Sinnamon

Kieva Sinnamon’s journey from academic excellence to leadership embodies Dalriada Training’s commitment to community and professional development. Excelling with an A* in A-Level Business Studies, she now brings her analytical skills to the table as a Director at Dalriada Training Services C.I.C.

Her role in strategic planning and business development is complemented by her ongoing Accountancy studies. Kieva’s early involvement in community projects and peer mentoring has smoothly transitioned into directing innovative educational programs that prioritize accessible, practical learning for stronger community ties.