St Patrick’s Day celebrations will go virtual this year with a fantastic programme of events by Mid Ulster District Council’s Burnavon Theatre, and the Hill of the O’Neill and Ranfurly House.
Current restrictions mean that celebrations will take place online, but with arts & crafts, Irish dancing and musical performances, there is something for everyone to enjoy from the comfort of their own home. Audiences can tune into Facebook and YouTube from 12noon on Wednesday 17 March.
Firstly, the Hill of The O’Neill & Ranfurly House will run a series of craft workshops, starting with ‘St. Patrick’s Day Themed Nature Land Art’. One for the whole family, this workshop starts with a nature walk and an exciting scavenger hunt for the materials needed. After collecting natural items like pinecones, rocks, sand and rushes, the crafty fun can begin. Then your little ones can try their hands at the ‘Paper Plate Craft Workshop’ and ‘Rainbow Art Workshop’, where a pot of gold will be created at the end of a colourful rainbow.
Musical entertainment will then begin at 4pm with a virtual concert by the Muddlers Club, followed by a dance performance from prize winning dancers, The Carroll School of Irish dancers who will perform a mixture of jigs, reels and hornpipes at 4.30pm.
Celebrations will then move to the Burnavon’s Facebook and YouTube pages at 6pm, for a musical performance by Malachi Cush to close the day, live from the Burnavon Stage for the first time in one year. With over ten years’ experience in the music industry Malachi continues to stir the hearts of his audiences and will be joined by special guests Plunkett McGartland, Matthew Campbell and Ruairí Stewart.
Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Cathal Mallaghan said: “St Patrick’s Day is a day for celebration and although we are unable to enjoy it with our extended family and friends, I hope this virtual programme of events will help to lift spirits and provide some fun and entertainment for all the family to enjoy. From arts and crafts to dancing and musical performances, tune into our Facebook or YouTube pages and enjoy the fantastic line-up of entertainment, available from the safety and comfort of your own home. I’ll be joining Malachi Cush and guests for the closing event at the Burnavon, I hope you’ll tune in.”
Follow the Burnavon Theatre and the Hill of the O’Neill and Ranfurly House on Facebook and Youtube to join this year’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations.