DATEFebruary 27, 2013

Craigavon Civic & Conference Centre

Situated in the heart of Craigavon and just miles away from M1 motorway, Craigavon Civic Centre, is one of Northern Ireland’s most superior conference and function centres. With stunning views over the picturesque Craigavon Lakes the Civic Centre offers a suite of multi purpose rooms with state-of-the-art facilities and a large impressive Civic Hall. Whether you need a meeting place for 20 people, a conference venue for 120 and a banqueting suite for 250 or a concert for 580, the Civic Centre will meet all your needs and expectations.

The Master McGrath sculpture, at the entrance to the Civic Centre building, pays tribute to the best known greyhound of all time. Master McGrath was owned by Charles Brownlow, the second Lord Lurgan (1832 – 1882) a prominent figure in the coursing world. He frequently held coursing events with one of the most important of these being the competition for the Visitor’s Cup. The Lurgan meeting was an annual event and took place over a three day period in October at the Raughlin Meadows near Lough Neagh. The dogs that performed well were often chosen to fill Lord Lurgan’s nomination for the Waterloo Cup, one of the greatest grey hound sporting events of the time. Master McGrath won the Waterloo Cup three times and was presented to Queen Victoria at her request in her diary in June 1871 that “all the family greeted the dog and were pleased to pat him. I gather he is the most famous dog of all time and has won the greatest race three times.”