ST. PATRICKS FESTIVAL 2019 – THE STAGING AREA FOR THE PARADE
At about 9AM on the 17th of March the marching bands and other performers begin to assemble in the area near the ‘Black Church’ which I will discuss below.
Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day and that is when my 2019 Streets Of Ireland programme begins in earnest. The first major event is the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin and the second major event is my visit to Belfast in Brexit Week. I had intended to leave Belfast on the day that the UK leaves the EU but that may be postponed. If the date [29 March 2019] changes I may delay my visit to Northern Ireland.
St Mary’s Chapel of Ease, also known as “The Black Church”, is a former chapel. Now deconsecrated, it was a church of the Church of Ireland located on St Mary’s Place, Broadstone. It is constructed from local calp limestone which takes on a dark hue when wet. This is the origin of the building’s nickname.
Local lore says that you will summon the devil if you run around the church anticlockwise three times at midnight.
Enjoy the St. Patrick’s Festival no matter where you are.