Armagh’s Home of St Patrick Festival runs from Friday 6 March until Tuesday 17 March

Ireland’s ecclesiastical capital, Armagh, has announced details of a 12-day festival spectacular to celebrate the life and times of St Patrick, the island’s world-famous patron saint.

Promising a rich, lively and varied showcase of culture, music, song, art, drama, dance, exhibitions and family fun, the Home of St Patrick Festival begins an enthralling extended run on Friday 6 March as part of this year’s celebration.

Renowned for converting Ireland to Christianity centuries ago, it was in Armagh that Patrick began his Christian mission and his legacy lives on in this ancient, unique and beautiful place.

Supported by Tourism NI and Tourism Ireland, this year’s programme is a feast for the senses – some of the city’s most established landmark buildings and attractions are involved in serving up a programme of eclectic entertainment designed to suit the interests of every visitor.

From the two St Patrick’s Cathedrals, The Market Place Theatre, The Shambles Yard, Palace Demesne, Armagh Robinson Library, Navan Centre & Fort, Armagh County Museum and Solitude Park in Banbridge, there are almost 40 events to choose from.

Top highlights this year include internationally acclaimed singer Brian Kennedy in concert – live at the atmospheric and beautiful Church of Ireland Cathedral, a thrilling opportunity to experience a dramatic St Patrick’s Day sunrise at Navan Centre & Fort and a captivating celebration of St. Patrick at the Roman Catholic Cathedral led by composer and presenter John Anderson and a host of visiting international choirs.

The Big Telly Theatre Company also brings its inspiring, eclectic and highly entertaining production ‘The Worst Café in the World’ to The Shambles Yard following a successful debut at the Belfast International Arts Festival.