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Preparations are at an advanced stage for St Patrick's Day in Newry. The St Patrick's Day Carnival Parade will offer a feast for eyes and ears as swirling dancers, community floats and costumed characters entertain the crowds. 

Events on St Patrick’s day 17 March in Newry start at 12 noon in Hill Street with the parade starting at 1pm at the Albert Basin.

The Saint Patrick's Day Parade in Newry in 2019. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
The Saint Patrick's Day Parade in Newry in 2019. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Hill Street will see a wide range of fun activities for the whole family in Marcus Square and Margaret Square, including live music to get those feet tapping from the Oisin McCann Céili Band, the Céilí led by Raymond Carroll from 1 - 4pm in Margaret Square, the Casino Dixieland Jazz Band, and Sugar Town Road. Face painting, arts and crafts, balloon modelling, a reptile petting zoo and a photobooth will also keep the kids entertained throughout the day. 

Drop into Newry and Mourne Museum at Bagenal’s Castle, where there will be a children’s workshop from 10am–11.30am and traditional music playing from 1pm–3pm.

The Newry Parade will set off from the Albert Basin at 1pm and follow the route along Buttercrane Quay, Merchants Quay, Sugar Island to Kildare Street.

In addition to the events and parades on the 17 March, there is a wider St Patrick’s Celebrations programme of events planned from 10-21 March including a flagship concert in Newry Town Hall.

The ‘St Patrick’s Miscellany’ concert in Newry Town Hall on 17 March, 7pm will see Colin Dunne, a leading figure in the world of traditional Irish dance, perform alongside an exciting line-up of performances. A wealth of local talent will be joined onstage and accompanied by national and internationally acclaimed musicians, including Matt McGinn. Matt is a multi-instrumental singer/songwriter and producer who hails from the foothills of the Mourne Mountains in Hilltown. 

The concert has been devised and will be directed by Camlough born, international violinist, Joanne Quigley McParland. Tickets for the event are available from the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre Box Office or online at WWW.EVENTBRITE.CO.UK

TradFest

Newry BID are also hosting their TradFest in over thirty venues around Newry city from Saturday 14 to Tuesday 17 March.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Charlie Casey said, “We are proud that this district is renowned for being the home of St Patrick and it is fitting that we celebrate his legacy with show-stopping entertainment as the parades move through our streets. The parades in Newry and Downpatrick have grown in stature and spectacle over the years. The programme of events assures visitors of an entertaining day out to enjoy with the family alongside two concerts featuring world-class musicians, singers and dancers. I look forward to seeing you all there!”

Downpatrick

Downpatrick also plays host to a full range of St Patrick's Festival events

Kieran Goss and singer Annie Kinsella headline a concert in Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick on 14 March at 8pm. The duo will be playing new material from their new album ‘Oh, the Starlings’ and tickets are available from Down Arts Centre Box Office.

For full event details, including religious services, shows and other events, go to www.visitmournemountains.co.uk/StPatricksCelebrations or call into the Visitor Information Centre in Newry to pick up a programme.

St Patrick’s Cross-Community Carnival Parades are supported by The Executive Office and T:buc.

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