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Irish (Gaelic) words and phrases animation

Click play on this fun, gentle introduction to Irish (Gaelic) words and phrases created especially for children or beginners by ISLAND Arts and artist, Beth McComish. The video is beautifully narrated by the artist's daughter Méabh.

https://fb.watch/bojlvl6GPo/

Bright Lights Dance group

Date: Saturday 5th March
Time: 1.00pm, 2.00pm and 3.00pm
Location: Market Square, Lisburn City Centre

Bright Lights Dance group will be performing a fusion of Irish/Irish Scottish dance display at Lisburn animation space (adjacent to the Irish Linen centre in Lisburn City Centre).

Irish Place Names by Dr Pat McKay talk

Date: Thursday 10th March
Time: 7.00pm - 8.30pm
Location: online

The Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum is delighted to announce a talk by Dr Pat McKay on Irish place names. Dr McKay is a former research fellow at the Northern Ireland Place-Name Project, Queen's University Belfast, and is author of A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, joint author of Lough Neagh Places.

He has written two volumes in the Place-Names of Northern Ireland series, The Baronies of Toome, Co. Antrim and Lisnaskea and District: the Parish of Aghalurcher, Co. Fermanagh. He was Secretary of the Ulster Place-Name Society for twelve years and is currently Publicity Officer for the Society.

Pot of Gold Rainbow Mobile

Date: Saturday 12th March
Time: 10.30am-12.30pm
Cost: £12
Age: 5-8 years
Location: ISLAND Arts Centre

If children are a rainbow, grandchildren are the pot of gold at the end of it. 
Little ones will make a bright, colourful rainbow mobile complete with shamrocks and a pot of gold.
At any St Patrick’s Day celebrations they can show off their creation with grandparents, other family members and friends.

Shamrock Wreath

Date: Saturday 12th March
Time: 1.30pm -3.30pm
Cost: £12
Age: 7-11 years
Location: ISLAND Arts Centre

Get ready for St Patrick’s Day with this fun exploration of all things green.  Learn how to weave and wind a decorative wreath which you can choose how to decorate.  Will yours be shaped like a shamrock, or be round with lots of dangling details, will it have pompoms, ribbons, or streamers in forty shades of green?

St Patrick: his life and legacy by Dr Tim Campbell talk

Date: Tuesday 15th March
Time: 7.00pm - 8.30pm
Location: online


To book please click here

Tim is Director of the St. Patrick Centre in Downpatrick and will share his knowledge of St. Patrick with us in his free talk.

Irish Storytelling

Date: Wednesday 16th March
Time: various
Location: various

We are providing Irish storytelling sessions for local community playgroups.  

Our Storyteller sessions help children develop their imagination at a very young age, and through activities like storytelling, you can help children develop their language and understanding of the world around them.  This is an age-appropriate programme to increase awareness of the Irish Language and celebration of Irish Language Week for children.  

The Storyteller provides the words to engage the imagination and creating childrens own personal experience of Irish History and Irish Folklore. 

Irish (Gaelic) numbers and colours animation

Click play on this fun, gentle introduction to Irish (Gaelic) numbers and colours created especially for children or beginners by ISLAND Arts and artist, Beth McComish. The video is beautifully narrated by the artist's daughter Méabh.

https://fb.watch/bojtNTThPF/

St Patrick’s Day Event

Date: Thursday 17th March
Time: 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Location: Market Square, Lisburn City Centre

St Patrick’s Day Tea Dance with Housty & Guests.
Liven up with the sounds of Housty and dance the day away for free on our wooden dancefloor.
Enjoy spectacular performances from McGuigan School of Irish Dancing.

St Patrick: a secular saint for all by Professor Johnston McMaster talk

Date: Thursday 17th March
Time: 7.00pm - 8.30pm
Location: online


To book please click here

Join us on 17 March for a free talk by Professor Johnston McMaster on St Patrick: a Secular Saint for All.

Historically we don’t know a great deal about St. Patrick. There is no biography or historically reliable Life. But we do have two authentic documents from Patrick himself and they tell us about his character and the values and faith by which he lived. We will try and enter Patrick’s world, explore the key notes of his two authentic writings, and encounter his angry passion for justice for those marginalised and robbed of their humanity. We will attempt to meet Patrick in the twenty-first century and perhaps discover a paradox, a secular saint for all! His core values and actions may still challenge and inspire our secular and religious world.

Johnston McMaster is an author and broadcaster. His key areas of interest and teaching are peace and reconciliation, interfaith dialogue, Biblical hermeneutics, political theology, social ethics, Celtic spirituality, Irish history and faith in a post-Christendom context. He has lectured internationally as well as throughout Ireland.