Somme Centenary Festival of Remembrance – Carrickfergus 1 July 2016

The Festival of Remembrance is a national level event taking place at Carrickfergus on the evening of 1 July 2016.

The Festival of Remembrance is a national level event taking place at Carrickfergus on the evening of 1 July 2016 with Aled Jones leading a 2 hour concert at the Castle.

This event will include a parade by Veterans organisations from across Northern Ireland who will march through the town to Carrickfergus Castle. The parade will form up from 6.30pm at the North end of Marine Highway in Carrickfergus. The Regimental Band, Drums and Pipes Irish Guards will lead the Parade which will step off at approximately 7.10pm and include wreath laying at the war memorial in Carrickfergus and the Lord Lieutenant for County Antrim will take the salute.

Veterans and commemorative groups from across Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland are very welcome to participate in the parade. Contact us at to register your interest in marching with the veterans.

The headline act at the Festival of Remembrance is Aled Jones. He will be supported by a number of local artists and the event will conclude with an Act of Commemoration and The Last Post.

Further details on this event and how to get tickets are at Festival of Remembrance

Somme Centenary National Vigil – Somme Museum 30 June-1 July 2016

The ‘national level’ event will take place at the Somme Museum, Conlig. This is located on the edge of Clandeboye Estate, where the 36th (Ulster) Division camped and trained in the early part of the war.

The vigil will be mounted overnight from 7pm on 30 June through to 7am on 1 July. People are encouraged to come along and take part in the vigil through the night. Small groups of veterans or RBL members are especially welcomed.

The public are invited to attend a service of commemoration from 7am – 7.45am on 1st July at the Somme Museum. This will include The Last Post and Reveille, the blowing of whistles at 7.28am to commemorate the moment that the 36th (Ulster) Division went ‘over the top’, a two minute silence, the Flowers of the Forest played by a piper, the laying of wreaths and prayers. There will be a chance to get a look round the museum and have a cup of tea after the Service.

The event is open to the public, though people thinking of attending should note that seating space is very limited and you need to be there for 7am at the latest. 

Please contact for details.

The Royal British Legion Northern Ireland is driving an initiative to ensure that all war memorials in Northern Ireland and Counties Donegal, Monaghan and Cavan are manned by 7.20am on the morning of 1 July. The public is encouraged to participate in these activities. People can mark the moment by blowing whistles at 7.28am and then observing the two minutes silence.

To help with the commemorations the Royal British Legion has launched a toolkit – Remember the Battle of the Somme 1916-2016 which is available to pre-order in hardcopy and to download at

Somme Centenary Commemorative Service – St Anne’s Cathedral 3 July 2016

The Northern Ireland First World War Centenary Committee will hold a service of commemoration to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and in particular the service and sacrifice of the 36th (Ulster) Division.

The service will take place on 3rd July 2016 at 3.30pm in St Anne’s Cathedral.

Attendance will be by invitation only. Numbers are limited. Please email if you would like to attend.