Ireland’s Best Traditional Bands And More Set For St Patrick's Festival In Downpatrick

Downpatrick is getting to ready to host some of Ireland’s most sought after traditional bands as part of The St Patrick’s Festival 2015 running from Wednesday 11 – Tuesday 17 March 2015.

Down District Council is delighted to announce that Four Men and A Dog, At First Light, Cuig, Mairtin O’Connor Band, Zoe Conway, and Donal Lunny will be performing during the festival. These events are ticketed so be sure to book the best seat in the house.

[caption id="attachment_47950" align="alignleft" width="370"]The Toner family all dressed up for St Patrick's Day in 2014 in Downpatrick. The Toner family all dressed up for St Patrick’s Day in 2014 in Downpatrick.[/caption]

As well as traditional music, Down District Council will ‘paint the town green’ by illuminating four iconic structures in Downpatrick including Down Cathedral, St Patrick’s Church, The Saint Patrick Centre and St Patrick Statue, Saul.

St Patrick is well known for driving the snakes out of Ireland and the public will be able to have hands on experience with a reptile display and demonstrations in St Patrick Centre on Friday 13 March.

Following the success of last year the Street Music Competition is back on Saturday 14 March with a prize fund of £3000 up for grabs. Places are limited so book your spot early.

[caption id="attachment_55289" align="alignright" width="270"]The legacy of St Patrick lives on. The legacy of St Patrick lives on.[/caption]

On Sunday 15 March, Jimmy’s 10K spectators will be in for a jaw dropping performance, from 11am, as ex Riverdance performers dance their hearts out to Cuig in St Patrick Square. There will be family entertainment on offer also including fun arts and crafts or for those more energetic can have a go on the Bouncy Castle or have their face painted.

On St Patrick’s morning, the pilgrimage prayer walk from Saul to Down Cathedral with begin at 10am. For those feeling more active, register to participate in the traditional St Patrick’s Walk at Castle Ward from 9.30am. In addition, a historical coach tour led by local man Albert Colmer will depart from Down County Musuem at 1.30pm.

For those looking for a tasty local treat on St Patrick’s morning pop down to the popular artisan Food Market in St Patrick Square from 10am. Children can be entertained from early morning with circus performers, punch and Judy shows and balloon modelling in Down Arts Centre from 10am.

Down District Council Chairman, Cllr William Walker said: “The Council have pulled out all the stops this year to ensure we celebrate in style with a broad range of activities that everyone can enjoy. The Cross Community Carnival Parade on the 17 March is regarded as one of the best in Northern Ireland with floats, bands and locals in fancy dress.

“The celebrations will exceed all expectations this year and I would encourage everyone to come to Downpatrick, Saint Patrick’s burial town, and enjoy a week of fun packed activities. I myself am particularly looking forward to the Voices of Ireland in Down Cathedral on Saturday 14 March.”

For further information, to book tickets or for a FREE copy of the Festival Programme please contact Downpatrick Visitor Information Centre on 028 4461 2233.

Full event listings are online at: Check out the St Patrick’s Festival Programme ]]>