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Launch of a book on Lisburn’s churches

You are invited to the launch of a book by John Kelly entitled ‘Lisburn’s Rich Church Heritage’ on Friday 12th June at 7.30pm in Railway Street Presbyterian Church, Lisburn. The book will be launched by the Mayor, Councillor Ronnie Crawford, at an evening of celebration to mark the 400th anniversary of the founding of Lisburn and will be compered by the Rev Dr Bert Tosh (Senior Producer of Religious Programmes, BBC Northern Ireland). Dr Tosh will also give an overview of the book, which gives a brief history of all 132 churches and places of worship in the Lisburn city area and includes approximately 450 photographs.

Stephen McLoughlin, Principal of the Lisburn School of Music, will be joined by some of his talented pupils and a choir comprising members of Lisburn city centre church choirs, who will present a special celebratory musical programme. Tom Whyte, Director of Music at First Lisburn Presbyterian Church, will conduct the choir.

Noel McMaster of Bakerloo Junction will recall bygone days of linen thread manufacture in Lisburn as he performs his new song ‘Barbour Mill’ in addition to singing his well-known song ‘My Lagan Softly Flowing’. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the church hall. The book will be on sale on Saturday 13th June, cost £5, at the Irish Linen Centre (Lisburn Museum Shop), the Island Civic Centre, the Faith Mission Book Shop, the House of Vic-Ryn (Inspire Books and Café) and a limited number of copies available from Smyth Patterson Ltd and some supporting churches.

All proceeds from the sale of the book will be in aid of the Mayor’s charity, Diabetes UK. RSVP: John Kelly. Tel: (028) 9258 3104 or Email: