Jump aboard to learn about the life of St Patrick

Tuesday March 12th 2019

All set to sail on Patrick’s adventure are, from left: The Ven Paul Dundas, Christ Church; Chris Neilands, Play it by Ear; Ross Jonas, Play it by Ear; the Rev Derek Harrington, Christ Church; Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council’s Development Committee and Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee.

There’s less than 24 hours to go to the opening of Patrick’s Mysterious Adventure 2019, hosted by Christ Church Parish, Lisburn!

The event, which runs over four days, is organised by Connor Children’s Project Development Officer Jill Hamilton, Sister Karen Webb from the North Belfast Centre of Mission Connect Base, and Connor Children’s Council.

The interactive exhibition and story trail, detailing the adventurous life of St Patrick, is being supported by Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.

The event opens at 10am on Wednesday March 13, with three days of activities for invited local schools and youth groups. 

A free family event will take place on Saturday March 16, from 11am to 4pm, and will feature timed performances by live actors from ‘Play it by Ear’ Christian drama company. The trail starts with Patrick’s capture by Irish pirates and finishes with his return to the people of Ireland, who he loved so much.

The event will conclude with a St Patrick’s themed service in Christ Church on Sunday March 17 at 11.30am.

Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, said: “We’re delighted to have the opportunity to celebrate all aspects of our local culture and heritage and to support this cross-community, family-focused event.

“We hope it will increase understanding and engagement between all sections of the community and promote cultural diversity within the Lisburn Castlereagh area.”

Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the council’s Development Committee, said: “Christ Church have prepared a wonderful and unique event, with a variety of activities taking place throughout the weekend. This will be a terrific day out for families and I’d encourage visitors to really make a day of it when they come along and shop, eat out and enjoy our vibrant city centre.”

The Ven Paul Dundas, Rector of Christ Church, said: “The five days of St Patrick’s Mysterious Adventure have been developed by the Diocese of Connor Children’s ministry group, and they’ve done a really great job.

“We’re excited to be hosting this event, which is the first of its kind in our community. We’re encouraging all of Lisburn and Castlereagh to come along and jump on board our interactive story trail. Visitors will also enjoy a Jumping Clay workshop, Irish dancing, painting and talking reptiles!”

  • Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council continues the St Patrick’s Day festivities with The Mayor’s charity concert on Saturday March 16 at 7.30pm in Lagan Valley Island. The evening will feature performances from Wallace High School Music Department, Lisburn Community Choir, pipers, highland dancers and a traditional music band. All proceeds will go to local charity, ‘Cancer Fund for Children.’ Tickets at £15, concession £10, are available from the Lagan Valley Box Office by calling 028 9250 9254.

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