Celebrations have been taking place marking the 250th anniversary of the arrival of the first Methodists in Ireland.

The festivities include a re-enactment of John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Society, arriving by boat on the River Liffey on 9 August 1747. 

The celebrations were attended by many of the 60,000 Methodists from the Republic and Northern Ireland. Lord Mayor of Dublin John Stafford was the guest of honour.

In the early 18th century, the Methodists broke away from the Anglican Church. John Wesley made twenty-one visits to Ireland visiting every county except Kerry.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 9 August 1997. The reporter is Flor McCarthy.