Ballycarry Festival


This year the festival starts on August 26 and will run until September 4, with a series of events throughout that time.

Events will include;

  • Cookery Night, Community Centre, September 1, 7.30pm, with Arlene Thompson and guests. Learn about Ulster Scots dishes and sample some of the tasty bites which are made in the kitchen on what has traditionally been a great wee event! Admission £4.00 pay at the door
  • Folk Fer All night, September 2, 7.45pm, admission £5.00, featuring Ulster Scots musicians and headline Irish folk group Na Leanai from County Down, marking the historic first appearance of an Irish folk group at the event. This is sure to be a night of great fun and great music, so make sure to get it into your diary!

The main day of the Gathering will be Saturday, September 3, when there will be a wealth of free entertainment, displays and stalls to mark the 24th annual Gathering in the heartland of the Ulster Scots. Events run from 11am until 5pm.

The Gathering is a cross-community event in terms of the audience which it attracts, and it is clear that everyone sees it as a fun day within the context of a shared space for celebration and entertainment.

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