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National Stadium at Windsor Park's Education & Heritage Centre. As the business end of the World Cup Qualifiers approach, take a behind-the-scenes tour of Northern Ireland's revamped football stadium. Marvel at legendary goalie Pat Jennings' big hands and enjoy classic footage of iconic George Best before finishing pitch-side. www.irishfa.com

Belfast City Hall's new Visitor Exhibition charts the city's history across 16 fact-packed rooms. Learn the local lingo, discover our industrial heritage and take a selfie in a councillor's robe. Then celebrate our famous citizens in The Hall of Fame. And reflect on the Troubles in the stark white Reflection Space with its selection of poignant quotes. Free. Audio guides £3.50. www.belfastcity.gov.uk/tourism-venues/cityhall/exhibition

Follow St. Patrick and his fellow revellers at this annual 17 March parade celebrating Ireland's Patron Saint. Get ready for a flotilla of shamrocks, jigs... and snakes. Apparently our Pat drove these legless reptiles off the island, though their papier mache incarnations may well slip into this green-hued cavalcade. (www.belfastcity.gov.uk)

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Belfast's historic and multi-award winning St. George's Market continues its popular Twilight evenings with a Summer Beach Party on the 1st and 2nd August from 4-11pm. Expect the usual fabulous food and craft stalls interspersed with a shiny sprinkling of live music. www.belfastcity.gov.uk/tourism-venues/stgeorgesmarket

Day Trips

Take a scenic cross-border sailing from Greencastle in Co. Down to Greenore in Co. Louth with the relaunch of the Carlingford Ferry. And the Mourne Coastal Route from Belfast to Greencastle is just as enchanting. http://carlingfordferry.com

Immerse yourself in the life and works of Ireland's Nobel Laureate poet at the newly-opened Seamus Heaney HomePlace. Exhibitions and events celebrate his locally-infused and globally influential literature. And its rural location is all the more poignant, being close to both his childhood home and final resting place; the opening and closing chapters of Heaney's incredible story. (www.seamusheaneyhome.com)

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