Derry gets ready for St Patrick’s Day

SPRING IN THE AIR!. . . .The Mayor of Derry, Councillor Colum Eastwood pictured at the programme launch of the annual St. Patrick's Day Spring Carnival in the city on Tuesday morning. Included in photo are, back from left, Gerry McColgan, event organiser, Derry City Council, Lady Mayoress, Rachel Parkes, and at front, members of folk group 'Kintra,' Georgina Kee and Matt McGrenaghan. 0403JM07
SPRING IN THE AIR!. . . .The Mayor of Derry, Councillor Colum Eastwood pictured at the programme launch of the annual St. Patrick's Day Spring Carnival in the city on Tuesday morning. Included in photo are, back from left, Gerry McColgan, event organiser, Derry City Council, Lady Mayoress, Rachel Parkes, and at front, members of folk group 'Kintra,' Georgina Kee and Matt McGrenaghan. 0403JM07

A mass charity sing-a-long and a fusion of Irish and Ulster-Scots traditions will form the centrepiece of St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Derry.

Kintra, a 12 piece folk group who bring together Irish and Ulster Scots music, and Vocal Energy, a rock, pop and gospel choir, will both take to the Guildhall Square stage on March 17 as part of the city’s celebration of Ireland’s patron saint.

Vocal Energy hope to bring together 100 voices for the celebrations, performing great Irish classics and raising money for Children in Crossfire.

The Guildhall Square events, as well as the annual St Patrick’s Day Spring Carnival parade - which this year will weave it way through the city centre bringing some of the world’s ‘Myths and Legends’ to life - are the centrepiece of a week long series of events celebrating St Patrick.

Derry Mayor Colum Eastwood says he hopes as many people as possible take the chance to enjoy the events.

“A wonderful programme of music, carnival and dance has been planned from March 10-17 and I would encourage as many people as possible to avail of the diverse range of events which have been organised,” he said.

A range of events celebrating Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish Language Week) will also take place at venues throughout the city, including An Culturlann, The Waterside Theatre and the Central Library in the run up to March 17.

Information is available at www.derrycity.gov.uk/stpatricksday