Belfast Telegraph

St Patrick's festivities live online to global audience

By Donna Deeney and Alf McCreary

St Patrick's Day festivities in Londonderry will be streamed live to a global audience, giving people a chance to send a personal message to loved ones abroad.

The two hours of coverage will be streamed on Derry City Council's website and the City of Culture's Facebook page from 1.30pm tomorrow.

As well as a live broadcast of the entire carnival parade, there will be video messages from city residents to friends and family around the world.

Derry Mayor Brenda Stevenson said: "St Patrick's Day is all about celebrating our traditional Irish roots and heritage, so I know plenty of people living abroad will be missing home and would love to receive a message from their home city."

Derry city centre will be buzzing with plenty of family-friendly activity in the Guildhall Square from noon, while in the Craft Village there will be story-telling, traditional music and dancing from 11am.

Meanwhile, Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Justin Welby will become the first leader of the Anglican Church to take part in the Saul to Downpatrick pilgrimage for half a century.

Archbishop Welby will also take part in a cross-community service in Saul, Co Down - where Patrick reputedly died. And he will preach in Down Cathedral, where the saint was buried, on the importance of reconciliation.

Derry's celebrations can be seen at derrycity.gov.uk/StPatricksDay/Live-Streaming or facebook.com/cityofculture2013

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