First Minister attends Coleraine service
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council held a special church service at St Patrick’s in Coleraine to mark the centenary of Northern Ireland.
First Minister Rt Hon Arlene Foster MLA, Lord Lieutenant of County Londonderry Mrs Alison Millar and Lord Lieutenant of County Antrim Mr David McCorkell were among the dignitaries in attendance.
They joined the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Alderman Mark Fielding and other elected members for the service, which offered an opportunity for commemoration, thanksgiving and reflection on 100 years of Northern Ireland.
One of the hymns featured in the service was the globally revered ‘In Christ Alone’, written by Keith and Kristyn Getty, who live in Ballybogey.
First Minister Arlene Foster said: “It has been a pleasure to attend the service of commemoration, thanksgiving, and reflection on the eve of Northern Ireland’s 100 year anniversary.
“It is fitting that, as we turn into the second centenary we focus on the future of this wonderful place but also draw strength and wisdom from our past. Certainly down the generations there have been challenges, perhaps none greater than the global pandemic, but we have also shown how much we can achieve when we work together for the common good.”
Alderman Fielding said: “Today’s church service brought us together in prayer to look back on the past 100 years and reflect on our borough’s place as part of the story of Northern Ireland.
“Council is looking forward to sharing its full NI 100 programme of events and initiatives which will take place throughout 2021.”