Roscrea celebrates historic St Patrick’s Day Parade

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Roscrea celebrates historic St Patrick’s Day Parade thumbnailThe colourful Inspire Dance Academy performing before the reviewing stand at the St Patrick's Day parade in Roscrea. They were winners in the Best Heritage category at the 40th annual parade in Roscrea.

ROSCREA'S fortieth St Patrick's Day Parade was celebrated with great colour and fanfare on the national holiday, where the stars of the show were the town's very talented young people.

Four decades have passed since the very first St Patrick's Day Parade wound through the streets of Roscrea, and last Saturday the town centre burst into life with exciting modern dance routines and old traditional music performed by the young residents of Ireland's third oldest town.

In many ways history repeated itself in Roscrea on St Patrick's Day, when, despite the biting cold weather, the community came together in great numbers to celebrate the best the town has to offer - just like the very first Parade on the same date in 1979.

Everything from high-powered motorbikes and vintage tractors, to local business fleets and interesting agricultural machinery, revved and trundled along the Parade route last Saturday, while a large number of spectators lined the streets listening for the float details from MC, Adrian Hewson.

Inspire Dance Academy, the local dance troupe made up of very young children and teenagers, deserve special mention. Their dance routine, which involved complex and carefully timed gymnastics and almost 50 dancers in red, blue and yellow jerseys, brought the audience to a standstill and drew a great reaction.

Bernie's SuperValu also entered a very impressive float and they, with many more participants such as the Roscrea Scout Troop, have participated in the Roscrea Parade every year since the very first.

The stalwart repeat entries helped to create the atmosphere Steve Crofton and his organising team hoped to create - where the town reflected on the Parades of yesteryear and how much the town has changed and evolved since the first event.

The organising committee, chaired by Steve Crofton and made up by Marie Tooher, John Lupton, Shane Lee, Pamela Aitken, Mary Heffernan, Sean Delaney, Derek Russell, PJ Wright, Michael Madden, Michael Smith and Arthur Crawford told the Tribune they would like to thank sincerely all who helped in any way in making Roscrea's 40th St Patrick's Day Parade such a memorable success. 

The committee said they would especially like to thank the following Mrs. Joan Hastings for being Guest of Honour, the White House for the Pre-Parade reception, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Ros Cré for providing music on the Review Stand before the Parade, Teresa Delaney for the face painting, Bernies Super Valu for supplying treats, Phelan's Market House, the Marshals, Doherty Hardware and Coughlan Hauliers in providing the use of their trailer and lorry, the Garda Siochana, Ger O'Meara, Sean Doherty, MC for the day Adrian Hewson, all the participants of floats and the Judging Team made up of Adrian Hewson, Rose Crofton and Joan Murray for the judging of the parade and Pamela Aitken, PJ Wright and Mary Heffernan for the judging of the Shop Window Display. 

The Parade Committee also Tipperary County Council, Roscrea Credit Union, Roscrea Vintners, Roscrea Lion's Club, Roscrea Chamber of Commerce, Roscrea Stands Up, Michael Breen Solicitor, AIB, Brendan Hyland Solicitor, Roscrea Heritage Society, Victor Mitchell - Auctioneers, Valuers & Estate Agents, ONET Pierce McCann Branch, and everyone who gave so generously to the Church gate collection leading up to the 2018 Parade.

 Chairman of the Parade Committee, Steve Crofton, said the organisers are delighted to acknowledge the involvement of many community groups and many groups of young people in this year's Parade, who they said helped make it "very much a community event

 The following are the winners of the 2018 Parade: -

Best Overall - Chamber of Commerce Perpetual Trophy  - Pat O'Brien - St. Patrick; Best Schools entry - Bernie's Super Valu Perpetual Trophy - Corville National School and St Cronan's National School; Best Business Float - Lupton & Associates Perpetual Trophy - Bernies Super Valu; Best Sport/Youth Category - RCTLC Perpetual Trophy Category - Roscrea Soccer League; Best Residents Group - Ashbury Residents Association; Best Heritage entry: Dance Academy; Best Cultural and Traditional - John O'Donnell Perpetual Shield - Banna Damer (Roscrea Comhaltas); Best Local Community Group - Charlie Doyle Perpetual Cup - Roscrea Lions Club; Best visiting Band - Michael Delahunty Perpetual Trophy - McDonagh Pipe Band, Templemore; Best Visiting Out of Town Entry - Tesco Perpetual Shield - Desmond Austin; Best entry from a Local Club sponsored by Tidy Towns Committee - 6th Tipperary  Roscrea Scouts; Special Recognition Award - Roscrea Credit Union - The Haven Rescue; Special Merit Award - St. Patrick's Day committee - Roscrea SPCA.


Special Awards - Shop Window Display:

1st Percival's sponsored by Roscrea Heritage Society; 2nd Haven Pharmacy sponsored by Roscrea Chamber of Commerce; 3rd Petals Florist sponsored by Roscrea Chamber of Commerce.


Family Heritage Cards

Congratulations to Ciara Crampton and Nuala Cunningham who won the family heritage cards for the St Patrick's Day raffle, which was donated by the Office of Public Works.


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