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Downpatrick goes green for St Patrick's Day

There may four days to go, but St Patrick's ancestral home is already going green in his honour

Some of the most famous sights in Downpatrick have gone green ahead of St Patrick's Day.

The saint's day may not be until Thursday March 17, but already Co Down town is preparing in earnest.

The council led St Patrick's Festival includes a ten day programme in Armagh and Downpatrick running from March 10-20, featuring more than 100 events showcasing the best of culture, music, song and dance. 

A first of its kind, the festival is the result of an innovative and exciting collaboration between Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.

Meanwhile the soldiers of the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment celebrated their Irish heritage on Sunday with a traditional parade and the presentation of Shamrocks at their home barracks in Shropshire.

First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness have travelled to New York, Washington DC and San Francisco for a St Patrick's investment mission.

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