Get out and about for St Patrick's Day

Get on your bike with on the Craigavon greenway and enter the Giant’s Causeway Coast Sportive
Andrea McKernon

IT'S St Patrick's Day next week and there's a feast of things to do across Northern Ireland.

Get the shed stuff cleared off that bicycle, dust down your wheels and handlebars and get into gear this weekend as all roads lead to Co Armagh with an improved cycle path in Craigavon.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon council's Craigavon community greenway project has been reopened this week following a £1.3 million upgrade.

Funded by the department for regional development, the seven-mile cycle corridor linking Lurgan and Portadown train stations has been rejuvenated.

The works programme has seen three toucan crossings installed, refurbishment of eight underpasses as well as enhancing and widening the path with lights and signs.

The completion of the project is great news for the pupils of Bocombra primary school who now can have a safe journey to school.

:: Get more information at: or contact the council on 028 3831 2400.

For families this St Patrick's Day, take a trip to Carrowmena in Limavady, Co Derry and enjoy climbing, archery, zip lining and canoeing. If you're in a cabin frame of mind as the spring sunshine breaks through, a camp-out in one of the glamping pods might be just up your trail.

Groups can spend an evening marking Ireland's patron's feast day working together to navigate around the treasure trail to find St Patrick's secret stash of gold. On March 17, there's even free Irish stew for adventurers to the site.

:: Go to for more details. The packages with discounts run from March 17 to 20. Call 028 7776 3431 or email:

Online entries have now opened for the Giant's Causeway Coast Sportive. This is one of the biggest road cycling events in Northern Ireland which hopes to attract up to 15,000 riders, across three routes, to the Causeway Coast and Glens area on Saturday 10 September.

Three routes of 36, 80 and 115 miles are on offer from the novice to the seasoned rider, along routes that include Co Antrim's Dark Hedges, the infamous Torr Head Road, Ballycastle and Bushmills.

:: Enter online at or e-mail for more information. Entries received before the end of March will be rewarded with a £15 voucher for Chain Reaction Cycles.


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