St. Patrick's Day 
Broughshane Festival 

MOUNT SLEMISH
& SAINT PATRICK

St Patricks Day in Broughshane

17th March

Supported_by_MENA.png
Broughshane Logo.png

Join us for an afternoon of great music, food and crafts.

From 11am to 16:30pm - NORTH COAST COUNTRY MARKET

11.00-12.00 - Bob Esler’s Slemish Sounds
12.00-12.40 - Ragaire Traditional Irish Music
12.40-13.00 - Bob Esler’s Slemish Sounds
13.00-13.30 - Portglenone Comhaltas Traditional Irish Music
13.30-14.00 - Bob Esler’s Slemish Sounds
14.00-14.40 - Ragaire Traditional Irish Music
14.40-15.00 - Bob Esler’s Slemish Sounds
15.00-15.30 - Portglenone Comhaltas Traditional Irish Music
15.30-16.00 - Ragaire Traditional Irish Music
16.00- 16.30 - Bob Esler’s Slemish Sounds

From 11am. 1st Broughshane Presbyterian Church Car park, Main St. Broughshane.

MOUNT SLEMISH

Home To Saint Patrick

Broughshane Butterfly

Slemish Mountain, the legendary first known Irish home of Saint Patrick, is located just outside Broughshane. The mountain rises about 1,500 feet (437 metres) above the surrounding fields and is the central core of an extinct volcano.

St Patrick on Mount Slemish

Patrick, The Boy Shepherd on Mount Slemish

According to legend, following his capture at a young age, Patrick was brought as a slave to Ireland. He worked as a shepherd on Slemish Mountain for about six years from ages 16 through 22, for a man named Milchu.

 

It was during this time that Patrick turned to frequent prayer as his only consolation in his loneliness. In a vision, he was encouraged to escape and return home.

The Legend of St. Patrick, on Mount Slemish

Patrick became a priest and returned to Ireland, allegedly to convert his old master. The legend goes that his own real conversion took place while on Slemish out in all weathers, communing with nature and praying continuously.

 

As Patrick was not the first Christian Bishop to visit Ireland, his ministry was confined to the North. Here he established churches and an episcopal system. One such church is thought to have been founded at the nearby site of Skerry Churchyard.

 

Slemish Mountain is open year-round, and on Saint Patrick's Day (17th March) large crowds hike to the top of the mountain as a pilgrimage. The one and a half kilometre round walk to the summit and back takes approximately one hour in good weather.

St Patrick

Excellent views can be had of The Braid Valley, the Antrim and Scottish coasts to the east. Ballymena town, Lough Neagh and the Sperrin Mountains are all normally visible to the west whilst the Bann Valley and the higher summits of the Antrim Hills can be seen to the North.

 

The 180-metre climb is steep and rocky.

The path can become very slippery in wet weather so care should be taken.