51st Portaferry Gala Festival
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Events for Friday July 20th

10.30- 5pm

Portaferry Art Society
Demonstration and Workshop with Donald Nelson - Seascapes.
£25 members/£30 non members
Presbyterian Church Hall

Coffee Morning & Talk
Coffee Morning & Talk by Padraig Coyle .

"Belfast Celtic Talks"

Journalist, broadcaster and football historian Padraig Coyle brings to life the story of Belfast Celtic Football Club. In its 58 year history, set against a background of poverty and discrimination, the club once managed by the former Liverpool goalkeeper Elisha Scot, won everything it was possible to win. Sadly, the magic came to an end after star player Jimmy Jones was attacked at the end of a match in 1948. This horrific event set in motion the club's eventful departure from the Irish League never to return.

The Library


Children’s Fancy Dress

Prizes in the following sections:
Pretty, Most Original and Amusing.

All entrants receive a gift.

Entrants will be judged BEFORE the parade around the Town,
please be in the Square for 2pm


uThe Square

Centra "Live Well" Roadshow
Centra Portaferry





 Gala 2018
Float and Band Parade

Coverage live on ferry fm 107.2 and webcam, click here for details.

1st and 2nd prizes in the two sections, Pub Float and Non Pub Float.

Special Golden Po for the best "Non Pub Float"

All entrants receive a Gala Keepsake.

(Judging starting at 6.30pm at Cook Street)

Party Music on the Square




Starting from Cook Street




7.00- 10pm


Playing a selection of well-known songs from artists such as Van Morrison,
Dire Straights, Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones, Queen and many more.

The band Members Frank Girvan (drums), Paul Armstrong (rhythm guitar and vocals), Robin McRoberts (bass) and Jeremy Morrow (lead guitar) are all experienced musicians having played in different line-ups over the years.

Ginhouse is in hot demand playing regularly at pubs, clubs, festivals, private parties and weddings throughout the Country.

The band is delighted to be playing at the 2018 Portaferry Gala Festival.


 The Square


uAlternative venue  St Patrick’s Community Centre, Steel Dickson Avenue

If weather conditions prove unsuitable

Thursday's Events'