St Patrick's Festival, Armagh
Celebrate St Patrick – St Patrick’s RC Cathedral: Saturday 10 March, 8.00pm
Join composer and presenter John Anderson as he conducts a reflective and celebratory event honouring St Patrick. Set in the magnificent St Patrick’s RC Cathedral, choirs from all over the island and further afield will join together in a unique evening of music and spoken word. A limited number of audience seats priced £5 are available through The Market Place Theatre Box Office. Please note that these seats may have restricted views and the event may be recorded for future broadcast and marketing purposes.

An Evening with Patrick - The Market Place Theatre: Wednesday 14 March, 7.30pm
Free but booking essential through The Market Place Theatre
Armagh Cathedrals Partnership invite you to a special evening of music, story, poetry and prayer to celebrate St Patrick. The guest speaker will be Fr Peter McVerry who is a native of Newry and he has been a Jesuit priest for over forty years. He has worked for most of his life to reduce homelessness and the harm caused by drug misuse and social disadvantage on the streets of Dublin. He founded The Arrupe Charity which is now named The Peter McVerry Trust, which seeks to address homelessness. In 2016, the charity worked with over 4500 vulnerable youths.
Fr Peter is a social activist and he’s a strong activist for those who have no voice in society. He has written widely on issues relating to the homeless and social justice and he has been awarded a number of high profile awards in
recognition of his great work. During the evening, he will invite us to reflect on the words of St Patrick in his Confession “I am Patrick…utterly worthless in the eyes of many”. It promises to be a very special evening as we celebrate the St Patrick’s Festival in Armagh and light refreshments will be served afterwards.

Carminho - St Patrick’s C O I Cathedral: Thursday 15 March, 8.00pm
Tickets £20/£12 & £5 (Student/Child) from The Market Place Theatre
Join for an evening of spiritual and contemplative Fado music with globally renowned singer Carminho. The beautiful setting of St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral will be the backdrop for this unique opportunity to witness Portugal’s foremost proponent of its traditional music. Carminho has performed in capitals across the world including a recent sell-out performance in London’s Barbican Centre. 

St Patrick’s Lecture - The Market Place Theatre: Friday 16 March, 11am
Free but booking essential through The Market Place Theatre
On the eve of St Patrick’s Day, the Primates of the two principal Churches in Ireland, Archbishop Richard Clarke and Archbishop Eamon Martin will speak about what St Patrick means to them in a modern world. In conversation with
Sarah Clarke from UTV, the two will discuss how St Patrick’s words still resonate and have relevance for many of the challenges we face today.

St Patrick’s Vigil - St Patrick’s Cathedrals: Friday 16 March
The Vigil will commence at the Church of Ireland Cathedral at 9pm where Archbishop Clarke will lead a prayer. Visitors will then be led by both Archbishops in torchlight to the Roman Catholic Cathedral where Archbishop Martin will conclude with a prayer. This symbolic expression of the unity of the Churches is a reflection of Patrick’s own journey of uniting the Irish people with Christianity. Light refreshments will be served in The Synod Hall after this event.

St Patrick’s Tea Party, The Synod Hall, St Patrick’s R.C Cathedral: Saturday 17 March, 3 – 5.30pm
Free admission
A special tea party to celebrate St Patrick in the lovely surroundings of this unique hall. Enjoy a special afternoon tea as well as a feast of Irish traditional music and song. People are encouraged to wear something green and come along and enjoy the afternoon’s festivities as we celebrate the feast of our national apostle and what’s a special day in our yearly calendar.