Coronavirus: Annual St Patrick’s Day Climb at Slemish still on

The Slemish Mountain climb traditionally attracts hundreds of climbers on St Patrick's Day.

THE Annual St Patrick’s Day climb up Slemish Mountain is still on next Tuesday March 17 despite the coronavirus outbreak.

Mid & East Antrim Borough Council has helped organise a range of events to mark the day.

A number of other St Patrick’s Day events across the island of Ireland have been cancelled due to coronavirus.

A Council spokeswoman told ‘Ballymena Daily’ on Wednesday: “Currently the event is proceeding as planned. We will continue to monitor the situation and listen to PHA (Public Health Agency) advice.”

Recently, advance publicity of this year’s event said a series of activities are planned.

It was said Broughshane & District Community Association will provide the hub of the event in the village, with outdoor entertainment, including performances from the lively six piece band, Pure Blarney and the twenty-strong, Portglenone Comhaltas Group, traditional music and dance, bouncing bunnies, The Quiet Men with crafts and face painting for the very young.

The award-winning Naturally North Coast and Glens Artisan Market is to attend for the first time, offering visitors the unique market experience showcasing a wide range of artisan produce and high quality hand crafted goods.

There will be no parking at Slemish, Carnstroan Road or Carnstroan Lane, so a free park and ride service will operate from the former Michelin plant near Broughshane.

The shuttle bus to Slemish Mountain will run continually from 9am – 3:30pm stopping in Broughshane village and Raceview Mill, so nobody will miss out on the free entertainment and shopping offers.

For further information and download a guide for the day visit www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/stpatricksday

 

 

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