European Heritage Days are coming

Ballinderry Middle Church, Lower Ballinderry Road, Glenavy, HB19-01-040 - General view, ACW Merrick
Ballinderry Middle Church, Lower Ballinderry Road, Glenavy, HB19-01-040 - General view, ACW Merrick

The Lisburn public have been invited to enjoy European Heritage Open Days (EHOD) on Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11.

History and culture will be brought to life with over 300 property openings and events. A host of historic buildings will open their doors to the public, many for 10 and 11 September only. With all events free of charge and many family friendly, everyone can take the opportunity to step back in time.

Communities Minister Paul Givan MLA said: “Organised by my Department, it is very apt that this year’s theme across Europe is ‘Heritage Communities’. Nurturing such communities is vital if we are to ensure that our heritage is well protected into the future and able to support community cohesion and a strong economy.

Locations in the Lisburn area opening for the weekend include Lisburn Cathedral and Middle Church in Ballinderry. There has been a Christian Church on the site of Lisburn Cathedral for over 350 years. The first was destroyed in a rebellion in 1641, the second in a fire in 1707.

Begun in 1664 and consecrated in 1668 the Middle Church is one of the finest examples of a Plantation Church in Ulster. Sometimes known as a Barn Church because of its simplicity, it remains in its original form with the pews and the pulpit dating from 1668. Visiting this building is like taking a step back in time.

Minister Givan concluded: “The weekend is going from strength to strength each year with over 52,000 people turning out last year. Whilst all events are free some require pre-booking. To avoid disappointment check out http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/ehod and @ehodni on Twitter now.”