Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council's Centenary Programme

Here you will find the latest updates on the events and projects planned by Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council in the Centenary year. Check back regularly for updates on how to get involved.

This is the start of our Centenary programme and more events will be announced in due course. 



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



The Council has planted 100 red twigged lime trees in various locations across the Lisburn & Castlereagh area. The twigs go a lovely reddish colour in the winter. This species is a fairly fast growing tree that can grow to 12m high by 6m wide after 25 years. This same type of tree currently lines the main avenue at the Stormont Estate.

The trees are located in Stoneyford, Aghalee, Wallace Park, Lagan Park, Moat Park, Carryduff Park, Moira Demense, Sir Milne Barbour Park and Lagan Valley Island. 

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 and our first Centanarian Doreen McKee, please CLICK HERE.

So far, we have also given out Centenary Coins to various individuals including Anne Watson, Annie Irwin, Elizabeth Jess, Kathleen Chapman, Mary-Jane McCrory, William Berry, William Reid and Eileen Wiseman.



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.

If you registered a child during this time but didn't collect a bear, please come to Lagan Valley Island with the birth certificate to be given your gift.



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.



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.



If you have any questions or queries about the Centenary programme, please get in touch with us via email: