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