St Nicholas, Carrickfergus, hosting flower festival in May

Friday December 20th 2013

St Nicholas, Carrickfergus, is hosting a flower festival in May.St Nicholas’ Parish Church, Carrickfergus is hosting a flower festival from May 15–18 2014.

This is one of the most historic and beautiful churches in the Diocese of Connor. Recently thieves broke into the church and destroyed a panel of one of the church’s beautiful stained glass windows.

Vestry member Gillian Dalton said: “Two of the oldest wall memorials have started to crumble and Health and Safety are not happy with the height of the balcony rail … the list goes on. Such are the joys of maintaining a 12th century building as the venue for a living and vibrant church.”

Gillian said it was hoped that the flower festival, with the theme ‘Lord, for the Years’ would defray some of these costs.

“As well as our historic church and flower festival, the other attractions in Carrickfergus include the oldest, most complete Norman Castle in Ireland, ‘Flame’ – the gas museum, the Andrew Jackson Centre – ancestral home of the 7th President of the United States of America, the town museum and old town walls,” Gillian said.
Inside the historic St Nichaolas Church, Carrickfergus.

“On a clear day, the view from the top of the Knockagh is stupendous – taking in the Ailsa Craig, the Isle of Man and the Mourne mountains as well as the whole of Belfast Lough.”

If you are planning a day out in Carrickfergus to visit the flower festival, morning and afternoon light refreshments and lunches/teas will be.

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  with any catering enquiries.

“You can look forward to a great day out in Carrickfergus and know that you’re helping to preserve one of our oldest churches at the same time,” added Gillian.

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