Thousands of people are expected to attend a series of events throughout Tyrone to mark St Patrick’s Day 2017.
Check out our guide of county wide events.
Tattyreagh Community Youth group will lead this year’s main St Patrick’s Day parade in Omagh on Friday. It sets off from Omagh County Hall car park at 1.30pm. The parade will have the theme of ‘Get Green for ‘17’ and is set to include community, sporting, cultural and farming groups, marching bands and cheerleaders.
In addition to the main parade, there will also be a fun-filled programme of free entertainment and activities across the town from 12 noon until approximately 5pm.
On the OASIS Plaza, Pio McCann will compere a multi-cultural selection of music and dance presented by Dun Uladh Heritage Centre, including performances by the Scallon Sisters, local CCE groups and Newtownstewart Highland Dancers.
At the Strule Arts Centre, musicians and dancers will be performing throughout the afternoon, and there will also be the opportunity to visit the Gallery to view the St Patrick’s Day primary school art exhibition.
Omagh Ethnic Community Support Group will also deliver arts and crafts workshops.
ULSTER AMERICAN FOLK PARK
Celebrate St Patrick’s Day at the Ulster American Folk Park this Friday (10am-5pm) with an ‘American Wake’.
Countless thousands of people left Ireland in the 1700s and 1800s never to return. For many, there last hours at home became known as a Living or American Wake. Experience what this dramatic departure would have been like on the day that the culture and history of the island is celebrated around the globe.
Complete with music, song and dance, join one family as they gather to bid a sad farewell to their departing emigrant. Taste traditional dishes like colcannon as you stroll around the thatched cottages at the start of spring. Performances at 12 noon and 2pm. General admission applies.
Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with An Creagán, with live music, good food and fun for all the family. Traditional Music Seisiun from 2.30pm with Liam Kelly from 6pm.
Strabane’s St Patrick’s Day Parade departs from St Mary’s Church on Friday and also takes a route through the town centre.
From 1.30pm there will be music on the main stage showcasing some of the finest local talent.
The St Patrick’s Day festivities gets underway on Thursday in Hill of the O’Neill and Ranfurly House in Dungannon.
A series of free family friendly ‘Celebrating Culture’ events runs from 1pm until 4.30pm and from 5.30pm until 8pm, including a Chinese Lion, Bollywood Dancing, Russia choir, African drumming, art activities and food tasting.
Activities continue at the Hill of the O’Neill and Ranfurly House on Friday between 2pm and 6pm with live music, drop-in traditional music sessions and arts and crafts, face painting and balloon modelling.
The Dungannon and Coalisland Comhaltas group are organising a Leprechaun Hunt at 2.30pm and there will be performances by the Quinn School of Irish Dance at the Hill of the O’Neill between 4pm and 4.30pm and by The Knights between 4.30pm and 6.30pm.
If you want to expend some energy this weekend, then you’re in luck. The traditional Altamuskin 5 Mile Run takes place on St Patrick’s Day. Billed as the toughest five mile run in the North, it starts from noon at Altamuskin Community Centre. £10 entry, under 12s free.
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