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    NI Environment Week – Benburb Castle

    Saturday 9th September
    Benburb Castle
    Free

    NI Environment Week – Picnic with nature at Creggan Country Park

    Saturday 9th September
    Creggan Country Park

    NI Environment Week – The Park After Dark – Creggan Country Park

    Saturday 9th September
    Creggan Country Park

    NI Environment Week – Walk on the wild side – Creggan Country Park

    Saturday 9th September
    Creggan Country Park

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    NI Environment Week – Brexit: The Future of the Environment in NI

    Monday 11th September
    Lough Neagh Discovery Centre
    Free

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    NI Environment Week – Batty about bats!

    Wednesday 13th September
    Rathfern Community Centre, Knockenagh Avenue, Carnmoney

    NI Environment Week – Get your hands dirty!

    Thursday 14th September
    Various
    Free

    NI Environment Week – Creggan Heritage Trail for 50+ groups

    Thursday 14th September
    Creggan Country Park

    NI Environment Week – Power from the Planet – Creggan Country Park

    Friday 15th September
    Creggan Country Park

    NI Environment Week – Food from the Hills, Colin Allotments Healthy Living Centre

    Saturday 16th September
    Colin Allotments Healthy Living Centre
    £5 per person (Belfast Hills Friends discounted rate of £3)

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    Downpatrick High Cross moved… 5 December 2013

    1,100–year–old Downpatrick High Cross being moved

     

    Work is to begin later to remove a 1,100–year–old cross from outside Down Cathedral in Downpatrick.

    Downpatrick High Cross is to be hoisted from its current position and moved to nearby Down County Museum.

    There, it will become the centrepiece of a new extension due to be built soon.

    The intricately patterned Mourne granite cross, carved around AD 900 as a “prayer in stone”, is of historical, cultural and religious significance.

    Its first location is believed to have been the early medieval monastery on the Hill of Down.

    Following the Reformation, the High Cross was taken down and was used as Downpatrick’s market cross. It was damaged in a busy town centre location before being dismantled and its parts dispersed around the town.

    In the 1890s, the parts were gathered together by Francis Joseph Bigger and reconstructed outside Down Cathedral, with the help of subscriptions from donors.

    Once safely positioned in Down County Museum, the High Cross will be cleaned, drawn and photographed by a team of experts.

    It will be replaced, next year, by an exact replica which will be made by a Kilkeel stonemason using granite to be blasted from a local quarry at Thomas Mountain.

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