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Festival Fun for St Patrick Celebrations in Downpatrick
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There’s only one place to be on St Patrick’s Day this year: right at the heart of Downpatrick’s amazing celebrations as its rich cultural traditions will form the backdrop to the 2013 Celebrations with music ringing around the town as it ‘goes green’ from 11 – 18 March.

SERC Art and Design students Ryan Meehan and Peter Jones from Castlewellan tune up for the street music session in Downpatrick during the St Patrick Festival. (Photo by Darren Kidd/Presseye).

SERC Art and Design students Ryan Meehan and Peter Jones from Castlewellan tune up for the street music session in Downpatrick for the St Patrick Festival. (Photo by Darren Kidd/Presseye).

The big day on Sunday 17 March promises a fantastic family day out with its customary wealth of free family entertainment, including the now traditional highlight of the Cross-Community Carnival Parade together with the U105 Road Show with Johnny Hero and Pamela Ballantine and showcasing the rising talent of  the ‘Wildflowers’ who are an exceptionally talented singing, songwriting trio from Co. Down  This year a free open air concert by Four Men and a Dog supported by At First Light and Castlewellan Comhaltas will complete the entertainment for the day.

The fun doesn’t begin and end there!  This year’s St Patrick’s Celebrations will last for seven action-packed days. From quiet commemorations that reflect the spiritual nature of the occasion and the wonderful legacy of Christian heritage of the region to more upbeat family fun. Event organisers at Down District Council are confident that the packed programme really does have something for everyone!

This year to complement the main event on Sunday 17 March 2013, a range of additional free attractions and events have been included on Saturday 16 – Monday 18  March 2013, so check out the highlights and for further events and information  at:

*  http://www.downdc.gov.uk/    www.facebook.com/DownFestivals 

*  or call the Festival Office on 028 4461 2233.

Saturday 16 March 2013

U105 Roadshow with Johnny Hero at the Festival Stage, St Patrick Square,  12.00 noon

Street Music Competitions with over £2000 Prize fund across various locations in Downpatrick Town Centre 2.00pm

Jarleth Henderson and Band – Open Air Uileann Pipe Concert, St Patrick Square, 5.00pm

Máirtin O’Connor and Band in The Saint Patrick Centre, 8.30pm – Now Fully booked!

Jake O’Kanes Mouthful at 8.00pm; tickets £15/£12 concession, contact Down Arts Centre 028 4461 0747

Sunday 17 March 2013

U105  Road Show with Johnny Hero and Pamela Ballantine, the Festival Stage, St Patrick Square – 1.00pm – 5.00pm

St Patrick’s Day Cross Community Carnival Parade, departing from Ardglass Road from 2.30pm