St. Patrick’s Weekend 2014 at Newry and Mourne Museum

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Thursday, March 6th, 2014
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The Museum has a varied programme of activities over the St. Patrick’s Weekend, for young and old. On Thursday 13th March at 7pm Dr Elva Johnston, University College of Dublin, will give a talk titled “Saint Patrick – Historical Man and Popular Myth”. Tickets will cost £3. St. Patrick’s writings are the most important historical sources for the growth of Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century, yet by the seventh century Irish writers identified Patrick as the ‘Apostle of the Irish’ and by doing so they created a Patrick for a new era, a superhero that defeated druids, founded Armagh and converted the entire island. This talk will examine the historical Patrick and explore the reasons why he became such a figure of legend. Sunday 16th March at 2pm The Carroll School of harp will present “Sonas in concert” an afternoon of music. Tickets will cost £3. On Monday 17th March from 10am – 11.30am there will be a Jumping Clay arts and crafts workshop for children aged four and up. This will involve making your own lucky leprechaun. An adult must accompany children. Places are limited to 20 children at £1.50 per child. Pre booking is advised. Speaking about the events, Noreen Cunningham, Museum Curator, said, “The Museum is offering a wide range of activities over the St Patrick’s weekend which will have something for everyone, including a free tour of the Museum on Sunday 16th at 3pm but remember to book.” The Museum is open seven days a week and entrance is free of charge. For information on opening hours, events, services please telephone 028 3031 3182 / 3178 or visit For updates on the Museum like us on Facebook and to follow us on Twitter: @NandMMuseum
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