Categories: St PatrickWhat's On

Join us as we celebrate the achievements of Patrick the man through themed experiences, events and celebrations.  Experience the fun at one of two Community Carnival Parades on Thursday 17 March in Downpatrick and Newry and enjoy a range of local talent including buskers, bands, Irish dancers and traditional Irish music.

Stay in an Irish Monastic foundation and discover more about Saint Patrick and Early Christian Ireland at the St Patrick Conference. Or explore the Home of Saint Patrick with local historians and journey through one of Ireland's most ancient landscapes on a path of discovery from Celtic to Christianity on the Patrick and the Pagan Hills experience.

There’s plenty for the younger members of the family too with a St Patrick’s themed children's arts and crafts workshop at Newry & Mourne Museum and Paddy's Day Paddles in Warrenpoint and Castlewellan. 

St Patrick's Day Parade, Newry

In Newry, Hill Street is the place to be on St Patrick’s Day from 12 noon with a wide range of fun activities for the whole family in Marcus Square and Margaret Square. There will also be pop up stages at Sugar Island and St Colman’s park with the best in local street entertainment. Entertainment on the main stage includes live music from Belfast Singer-songwriter Brian Kennedy, The Logues and The Blues Katz, as well as many more.  

St Patrick's Day Parade, Downpatrick 

In Downpatrick, from 12 noon come along to St Patrick Square and enjoy an array of free activities including face painting, walkabout characters, arts and crafts, balloon modelling and live performances.  Performing on stage will be the multi-platinum recording artist Brian Kennedy, folk rock legends The Logues and Weston Loney plus many more.

Saint Patrick's Day and Early Christian Ireland Conference

Join the Saint Patrick Centre for a Two Day Saint Patrick & Early Christian Ireland Conference at the Saint Patrick Centre, Downpatrick, featuring 9 leading academics from Ireland, Scotland and Britain.

Street Feast, Newry 

Join us as we celebrate our farmers, chefs, foragers, distilleries and artisans at the movable food and drink Street Feast in Newry Market, 18 March. This free event to the public will have street style food on offer along with retail products from the producers.

Play with Clay on St. Patrick's Day, Newry & Mourne Museum 

On Thursday 17 March Newry and Mourne Museum will host children's arts and crafts workshops. This will involve children making their own designs and pendants all themed around St. Patrick 's Day.

Newry Walking Tour

Start the walking tour of Newry outside the Canal Court Hotel on Merchants Quay. The tour will last approximately 1 hr 15mins and finish at The Canal Court Hotel. Look at the 400 million year old local rocks which helped to build the great Cathedral, hear of the family who helped Newry to prosper and take in the rich history of this unique city.

Patrick and The Pagan Hills

Join Duane Fitzsimons and journey through one of Ireland's most ancient landscapes on a path of discovery from Celtic to Christianity in the home of Saint Patrick. Starting from the shore of Lough Money in an area of awe-inspiring beauty, Duane takes you along old and ancient lanes which Patrick would have roamed on a route dotted with Neolithic reminders from the Pagan era.

St Patrick's Paddles

Join The Big Paddy Paddle at Castlewellan Forest Park and Canoe, SUP Board, Kayak at the Mourne Outdoor Festival for our BIG 'Traditional' Paddy Paddle Experience, as we celebrate St Patrick's Day in a style similar to that of Patrick when he first arrived locally…by Canoe… or SUP Board… or Kayak… it's your choice!

Begin the St. Patrick's Day celebrations in style by joining the St. Patrick's Day Paddle in Warrenpoint on the water for a paddle board event on the beautiful shoreline of Warrenpoint, Carlingford Lough

Check out our What's On secton to see what else is happening throughout March.