Northern Ireland

Details of St Patrick's Day parades in NI

A number of parades and events are taking place across NI to mark St Patrick's Day.

In Belfast, the parade will leave City Hall at 12 noon making its way into Donegall Square North and Chichester Street, before turning into Victoria Street and then Custom House Square.

Donegall Square West, Wellington Place, Donegall Square North and Chichester Street will be closed between 1200 and 1300 GMT, and Victoria Street will be closed briefly while the parade passes.

Drivers should also look out for large numbers of pedestrians in and around the Queen's Square and Victoria Street areas during the afternoon.

Buses servicing Chichester Street will be diverted to other pick-up and drop-off points for the duration of the parade.

Services to east Belfast will depart from May Street, and those to north Belfast will operate from Royal Avenue.

Falls Road and Corridor seven services will be unaffected, while Malone Road and Donegall Road services depart for their return journey from the Metro stop in Upper Queen Street.

Newry

In Newry the parade departs between 1130 GMT and 1400 GMT from the Quays Shopping & Leisure Centre (Albert Basin) to Buttercrane Quay, Merchants Quay, Sugar Island, Water Street, Abbey Way, William Street and finishes back at the Quays.

In Armagh, the parade will leave from the Palace Demesne to the City Centre from 1430 GMT where celebrations will continue with music on the Square.

There is another parade taking place in Downpatrick, and a park and ride scheme is running as the town's major carparks are closed.

Parking is in the Down business park off the Belfast Road, with a connecting shuttle bus and train in operation. Ulsterbus services will be disrupted between 1400 GMT and 1730 GMT.

Motorists can expect delays in Kilkeel between 0900 and 1130 GMT and between 1800 and 1930 GMT because of the parade.

In Enniskillen, St Patrick will arrive by viking boat in a water parade at Broadmeadow between 1300 GMT and 1500 GMT and then the parade will make its way on land from The Forum to The Enniskillen Museums between 1500 GMT and 1630 GMT.

There will also be music in the Diamond in the centre of the town from 1345 GMT.

Omagh

In Omagh, the parade begins at 1330 GMT at Omagh Leisure Centre, and will make its way along Drumragh Avenue and up through the town, out John Street, to St Columba's car park.

In Londonderry, festivities will be taking place throughout the afternoon at Guildhall Square between 1300 and 1630 GMT.

The parade will depart from Derry City Council Offices car park on Strand Road at 1430 GMT, make its way along the Strand Road turning left towards the City Hotel and move along Queens Quay before returning to the Council Car Park.

In Strabane, the main parade will assemble at the Melmount Chapel carpark at 1400 and make its way to the Score site, Dock Street.

Goldline, Ulsterbus and NI Railways will be operating a Saturday timetable. All Metro services will run as normal. Details are available online at www.translink.co.uk.

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