Armagh to host six-day online ‘At Home with St Patrick Festival’

With many St Patrick’s festivities cancelled for the second year in a row, Armagh has moved their 2021 celebrations online.

As Ireland’s ‘real home of St Patrick’, Armagh has revealed details of a six-day online ‘At Home with St Patrick Festival’ to run from Friday 12 March to St Patrick’s Day on Wednesday 17 March.

St Patrick founded the city of Armagh on his mission of change and established its first large stone church in 445AD.

Known as Ireland’s ecclesiastical capital, Armagh is home to two churched bearing the name of Ireland’s patron saint – the Church of Ireland Cathedral on Sally Hill and the twin-spired Catholic St Patrick’s Cathedral on the opposite hill.

Usually, the city would celebrate St Patrick’s Day with a green-themed street parade, but things are set to look a little different this year.

St Patrick’s Day online – six days of celebrations

Armagh to host At Home with St Patrick Festival.
Credit: Tourism Ireland

Faced with ongoing coronavirus restrictions, Armagh has come up with a six-day online ‘At Home with St Patrick Festival’ to allow people from all over the world to celebrate from the safety of their own home.

With a fully packed schedule, those taking part should expect events themed with snakes, shamrocks, history and culture, traditional music, dance, and plenty of fantastic food and drink ideas.

All events will be streamed free of charge. However, some do require advance registration.

Some of the events planned are a St Patrick Wreath Making Masterclass, a Cocktail Making Class with Lough Neagh Distillers, and an Irish Dance Masterclass with Jason O’Neill.

St Patrick in Armagh – an important piece of the city’s history

Armagh to host At Home with St Patrick Festival.
Credit: Tourism Ireland

Cllr Kevin Savage, Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge, and Craigavon Borough, said he hopes the online festival will bring hope amid a challenging year.

“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.”

“Famed for its orchards, its warm hospitality, friendly people, history, culture, and outstanding food and drink, Armagh will continue to surprise many for its must-visit destination appeal.

“We really hope that this local and global celebration will inspire and engage many people of all ages to experience this place for real when all of us can.”

So, while we can’t celebrate this 17 March in the traditional fashion, let Armagh transport you virtually to this historic city and enjoy a fun-filled programme of events.

Making up for the lack of parades and parties, Armagh makes the most of a challenging situation by hosting a six-day online ‘At Home with St Patrick Festival’.

You can view the full programme of events here.

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