All Set For Annual St Patrick's Day Parades

Thursday, 16 March 2017

PREPARATIONS are underway in Roscrea to host the town's 39th consecutive St Patrick's Day Parade, planned for this Friday with events kicking off at 3p.m.

The final licks of paint are being applied to floats and the last stitches added to costumes to have everything ready for the big day, when it is hoped large crowds will fill Castle Street and Main Street lining the Parade's traditional route.

Roscrea's Community Development Council's sub-committee, under the Chairmanship of Steve Crofton, are finalising plans and the day's festivities start with the Blessing of Shamrock at the Review Stand at 3p.m.

The organising committee are asking people to come onto the streets in large numbers and enjoy the festivities and have invited individuals, groups, organisations, clubs, businesses, novelty items and community interest groups to enter floats free of charge and add to the diversity of the parade.

The Guest of Honour for Roscrea's 39th Parade will be local Community Activist Brendan Keeshan. Brendan has unselfishly given of himself throughout his life to all that is good in community on behalf of others and has been actively involved in the past 38 St. Patrick's Day Parade's in Roscrea and has ensured that each parade commenced on time and that floats were correctly positioned and that the Parades went smoothly.

As usual there are a large number of trophies in various categories for parade entries and hence those entering floats are encouraged to make 'the little extra effort' which might be rewarded with a perpetual trophy.

Meanwhile in Kilcormac the St Patrick's Day parade, widely regarded as one of the best in the Midlands, will commence at 3.30p.m.

In neighbouring Mountbolus the parade kicks off at 11.00a.m. with registration from 10.15a.m.

This year's categories have been extended to include vintage along with floats, environmental, schools and overall winner.

The parade is expected to be bigger and better than ever before with huge interest from new entrants.


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