'Out of the Fire'
Rev William McMillan
Lisburn Cathedral is to host a flower festival marking 300 years
since the town and cathedral were destroyed by fire. April 20,
1707, was a quiet Sunday morning in Lisnagarvey. Some turf ashes
silently drifted onto the wooden roof of a house, and the blaze
quickly took hold. Within hours, the town was in blackened
ruins, along with its church. Families were left homeless and
destitute. Lisburn was reborn after the tragedy of 300 years
ago, and is today a city. The mark of the fire remains -
Lisburn's symbol includes a phoenix.
Lisburn Cathedral is marking the events of three centuries ago
with 'Out of the Fire', a flower festival celebrating 300 years
of worship since the cathedral's reconstruction. This dazzling
flower festival is masterminded by the world-renowned floral
designer Rev William McMillan, with the help of Ballymacash
The festival runs from Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th October 28,
and includes a series of church services. Entry is free but
donations are welcomed, with funds raised going to 'Lisburn
Cathedral Renovation Fund' and to assist the building of Mongo
Primary School in Sudan.
A flower arranging demonstration by Rev Mac on the Saturday
afternoon will be by ticket only.
For more details, contact Lisburn Cathedral church office,
Castle Street, Lisburn, on (028) 9260 2400, or email
or contact the website,