Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council's Centenary Programme

During 2021, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council marked the NI Centenary with various events and projects. Scroll down the page and click on the links to the left to find out more about the programme.



Grants of up to £400 are available to community and voluntary groups who want to get involved and deliver events or projects related to the Centenary of Northern Ireland.  

More information can be FOUND HERE.



The Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum (ILCLM) are excited to host a range of historical talks by renowned speakers on a range of Centenary related topics which you can find out more about HERE.

The format of the lecture programme will be dependant on current public health guidance at the time but you can watch back our virtual talks so far on the links below:

Watch:  Dr Cormac Moore – The Impact of Partition, from Politics to Culture and Society

Watch: Roy Greer – ‘What’s yours is mine, what’s mine is yours’: Ulster-Scots-Irish

Watch: Dr Steve Royle – ‘From the clanging of metal to the clinking of coin’: industry in Ulster

Watch: Paula McFetridge – ‘One Hundred Years of Northern Irish Arts’

Watch: Professor Fearghal McGarry – 'The killing of Sir Henry Wilson: an Irish Tragedy'

Watch: '100 Years of Sport in Northern Ireland' a discussion hosted by BBC NI's Stephen Watson.



The Council has planted 100 red twigged lime trees in various locations across the Lisburn & Castlereagh area. 

The trees have been planted across Lisburn & Castlereagh in nine different parks all adding to our green spaces as part of the Council’s commitment to our local environment and wider biodiversity.

To find out more, please CLICK HERE



We know there are wonderful people in our communities who were born 100 years ago. We want to recognise these special people, find out more about their lives and present them with a Centenary gift.

The Mayor would like to hear from residents who were born on or before the year 1921 to celebrate 100 years of their life. To submit a name please call The Mayors Office on 028 9244 7331 or email

To hear more about the programme please CLICK HERE.



In addition to recognising our older citizens in our society, we also want to recognise new life as part of the Centenary.

Parents who reside in the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area and register the birth of their baby at Lagan Valley Island from May - August 2021 will be able to receive a commemorative Centenary teddy bear. Details on how to get your bear will be given to you upon registration.

To find out more, CLICK HERE.



New park benches to mark the Northern Ireland Centenary have been placed in parks and open spaces across Lisburn & Castlereagh.

Their unique design is based on the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council NI Centenary Logo. It includes a QR Code which links to the LCCC NI Centenary section of the website where you can find out more about the Centenary Programme.

To find out more, CLICK HERE.



The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council joined 13 new citizens in a special NI Centenary themed ceremony at Hillsborough Castle.

Citizenship Certificates were formally presented by Mr Robert Scott OBE, Lord Lieutenant for County Tyrone.

To find out more, CLICK HERE.



The Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum has opened a new photographic exhibition exploring life in Lisburn over the last century. ‘Lisburn: 100 Years, 100 Images’.

As part of the council’s NI 100 centenary programme it features photographs from the museum’s collection, and reflects on sporting, political, cultural and civic life over the last century. 

Find out more HERE.


The Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum (ILCLM) has opened an online exhibition as part of its virtual museum to mark the Northern Ireland Centenary.

To do the tour, please CLICK HERE.



Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was awarded a grant from the Northern Ireland Office as part of its ‘Our Story in the Making: Northern Ireland Beyond 100 Centenary Programme.’ 

The council’s arts service, ISLAND Arts, used the grant to appoint professional artists, Anann's Arch, to work alongside Lisburn Castlereagh Youth Council to create a bespoke public artwork to portray 100 years of the local area.

The artwork forms part of the Xplorart Sculpture Trail and is located with two centenary trees and a centenary bench behind Lagan Valley Island besides the River Lagan.



On Sunday 9th May 2021, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council partnered with members of Lisburn City Centre Ministers’ Fellowship to host an Interdenominational Service in Lisburn Cathedral. 

The service, part of the council’s programme to mark the centennial year of Northern Ireland, was led by The Very Rev Sam Wright, Rev John Brackenridge, Father Dermot McCaughan, Rev Alan Craig, Pastor Brian Agnew and Archdeacon Paul Dundas. 

Pupils from Lagan College, Lisnagarvey High School and Wallace High School contributed to the service alongside the Lord Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell.

Find out more HERE and watch back the service HERE.




Flowerbeds have been planted in both Castle Gardens, Lisburn and Moat Park, Dundonald to mark the NI Centenary.

Mayor Alderman Stephen Martin brought his children to unveil the Flowerbed in Moat Park and Chair of the Northern Ireland Centenary Working Group, Councillor Scott Carson, is pictured with his family at the opening in Castle Gardens.