The Catholic and Anglican primates of All-Ireland will come together this weekend to share a St Patrick’s Day message as part of a six-day online festival marking the patron saint’s forthcoming feast day.
With St Patrick’s Day parades and events once again hit by Covid-19 restrictions, Armagh, the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland, has moved its celebrations online, with six days packed full of festivities for everyone throughout the world to enjoy.
Armagh, where the island’s famous patron saint established his first stone church in the year 445AD, is beginning online celebrations early and wants millions of people at home and away to join in on an enthralling showcase of events designed to inspire a new global audience.
The ‘At Home with St Patrick Festival’, runs from tomorrow, Friday 12th March, to his feast day on Wednesday 17th March, as a response to the cancellation of the city’s usual green-themed street parade, plus many other events that are unable to go ahead.
As part of the festivities, the Catholic Primate of All-Ireland and Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin, will join his Church of Ireland counterpart, Archbishop John McDowell, in providing a short message in commemoration of St Patrick on Sunday 14th March.
Their message will be available to view at 12noon, on the VisitArmagh and The Market Place’s YouTube and social media channels.
The six-day festival will also take participants through a thrilling showcase of rousing events themed with snakes, shamrocks, history and culture, traditional music and dance – and plenty of inspiring food and drink ideas.
The festival line-up also includes an online dramatisation at Navan Fort uncovering St Patrick’s early life as he searched for a site in Armagh to establish his first church (12th March); an illustrated presentation providing insights into the iconic symbolism and arts linked with St Patrick (13th March); and a choral celebration at St Patrick’s RC Cathedral in Armagh (13th March).
Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough, Cllr Kevin Savage said: “Built, shaped and steeped in St Patrick, Armagh remains the true home of Ireland’s first citizen and we’re proud to celebrate his iconic legacy from a remarkable city that will bring laughter, enjoyment, reflection and hope to the world in this challenging year.”
All events will be streamed free of charge. However, some do require advance registration.
For more details about the festival or to register for events, see: https://visitarmagh.com/festivals/st-patricks/
Picture: St Patrick’s Cathedral, Co Armagh.