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St Patrick's Day 2019 is set to be one of the most varied yet with a wide range of events, concerts and activities throughout the district with parades on Sunday 17 March at 1pm in both Downpatrick and Newry.

Saint Patrick himself will perform the miraculous feat of leading both parades, accompanied by his hound, proving once again that this area really is the home of Saint Patrick.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairman, Councillor Mark Murnin said, “I am delighted to see the wonderful line-up of events and activities in both Downpatrick and Newry, and families will be assured of a wonderful day out. Our district is acknowledged as the home of Saint Patrick—we are celebrating that link through colourful processions, music, dance and entertainment. This will be a terrific day out for everyone and I hope to see you all there.”

Council Chairman, Cllr Mark Murnin launches Newry St Patrick's Day events programme at Newry Town Hall.
Council Chairman, Cllr Mark Murnin launches Newry St Patrick's Day events programme at Newry Town Hall.

Newry Events

The Newry parade will set off from the Albert Basin at 1pm along Buttercrane Quay, Merchant’s Quay, Sugar Island and Kildare Street.

Free entertainment, music and fun will feature on Hill Street, Marcus Square and Margaret Square, with the Real-time Céili Band, the Casino Dixieland Jazz Band, The Ring of Gullion Comhaltas and The Hand Me Downs.

Newry and Mourne Museum will also host lively traditional music with complimentary refreshments from 1pm – 3pm.

A massive Saint Patrick’s Miscellany concert will be held at Newry Town Hall at 8pm on St Patrick's night. The concert will include tributes to Liam O’ Flynn and Micheál Ó Súilleabháin, supported by a symphony orchestra and will showcase a wealth of local talent. Directed by Camlough born international violinist Joanne Quigley McParland tickets can be bought at www.eventbrite.co.uk

The Newry, Mourne and Down Council Saint Patrick’s celebrations are supported by Tourism NI and The Executive Office.

TradFest

Over St Patrick's weekend in Newry, Newry BID are also organising the second Newry TradFest with ceol agus crack in over 20 local bars and cafes.

Downpatrick Events

Downpatrick will kick off the festivities on Sunday 10 March at 8pm will be the popular Saints and Scholars Concert which will take place once again in Down Cathedral. The concert, which is hosted by All Lives Are Precious (ALPs), features Liam Lawton, Malachi Cush, Karl McGuckin and Matthew Campbell. Tickets are free and are available on a first come, first serve basis from Downpatrick Visitor Information Centre, Down Cathedral, Downpatrick and Saint Patrick’s Parish Office, Downpatrick.

Sunday 17 March

The parade in Downpatrick will be compered by local performer, Connor Martin. It will include vintage car cavalcades, floats, community groups and bands. It will depart from the Ardglass Road at 1pm, and take in Edward, John, Irish and Market streets before finishing up at Rathkeltair carpark.

The entertainment will continue in Downpatrick at Saint Patrick Square with a fabulous array of free activities including face painting, walkabout characters, arts and crafts, balloon modelling, reptile petting zoo, Irish dancing and live performances from local performers.

Gracing the stage will be Newcastle Comhaltas, Cora Kelly and the Just Adam Band. For those wishing to stay indoors, there will also be free children’s activities hosted in Journey Church, Market Street. There will also be a special St Patrick’s Day programme of events in Down County Museum from 10am to 6pm, and in Down Arts Centre from 10.30am – 5pm.

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