View of Ardglass
Ardglass, Downpatrick, Friday 26th:
The festival opens with a speech and piper at Jordan’s Castle at 7pm. This will recreate the opening of the castle in 1911. Followed by a guest talk on Francis Joseph Bigger and his revolutionary friends and connections to the Howth Gun Runners at Ardglass Golf Club at 7:30pm (cost £2). The evening rounds off with traditional musical entertainment in The Old Commercial Bar.
On Saturday morning at 11am, a clifftop folklore walk leaves Curran’s Bar and will travel through a landscape loved by Bigger. This includes a lunch of local specialities (Tickets are £20). In the afternoon, a free talk will take place on the history of Ardglass with a local historian at 4pm. At Ardglass Golf Club in the evening a guest talk will be given by Roger Dixon from National Museums NI at 7:30pm. The topic will be the contribution of Francis Joseph Bigger to the heritage of Ulster, including many sites on the Saint Patrick’s Trail (cost £2). Evening entertainment will follow at Curran’s Bar from 10pm.
On Sunday afternoon at 2:30pm tours of Ardglass will be available with the Harbourmaster and historian. Leaving from the Saint Nicholas’ Church in Kildare Stree, this includes many who called Ardglass home (cost £10). This is followed at 4pm by a bi-lingual talk in Jordan’s Castle given by BBC reporter Kevin Magee.
Monday will see Jordan’s Castle open to the public from 1:30. The final event is a luxurious coach tour which will leave from Ardglass at 3pm and explore the sites restored by Bigger. The sites included are Saint Patrick’s Grave, Down County Museum, Raholp Church, Chapeltown, and Ardtole Church. This returns to Ardglass for a meal of local delicacies at 6pm in Doyle’s Bistro (Tickets cost £20). Book at: https://http://www.visitstrangfordlough.co.uk/Product-Detail?productid=7507
Contact Details: Ardglass Development Association