St. Patrick’s Day in Cashel promises to be best in years!

Cashel St. Patrick’s Parade will be held this coming Saturday and is set to be another showcase of the best the town has to offer, with cultural, community, sporting and commercial representatives taking part in our annual national-day celebration.

Cashel St. Patrick’s Parade will be held this coming Saturday and is set to be another showcase of the best the town has to offer, with cultural, community, sporting and commercial representatives taking part in our annual national-day celebration.

Road closures will come into force from 1:30pm onwards, the town centre will be traffic free and the bus route will be redirected to the Green, buses will come into the town via the motorway.

Walking groups should meet in the Bur Boru Car park from 12:30pm, horses at the Kiln from 1pm and vehicles on the old Dublin road from 12:30pm.

The Parade will begin at 2pm with the National Flag carried by the ONE, music will be provided by the Cashel Brass Band and Diarmuid O’Hurley Cashel Pipe Band. This year’s Parade Marshall is the outgoing Cashel Person of the year the very popular Joe Currivan.

Entrants are reminded that they should send in their information to the Parade Secretary Sean Laffey by this Thursday, by email if possible to slaffey@gmail.com or via text to 0879821916. This information will be read out on the reviewing stand. It’s a great opportunity to publicise your organisation or company.

The route of the Parade will be along Ladyswell Street, down Canopy Street, up Friar street, across the green, down Boherclough and up Main Street, waking groups should, disperse after they pass Feehan’s and motorised units will be directed by the Gardai after they have made the circuit.

There will be plenty to entertain the crowds with Irish dancing on the Plaza at 1pm, followed by the return of the Communication workers Band from Dublin who will be playing a selection of big band Irish numbers on the day. Don’t forget to wear something colourful and eye catching, as there is E50 for The Face in the Crowd.

The committee wishes to acknowledge the support of the local council, both financial and in terms of the manpower that is needed to make the parade such an annual success. Chair of the Committee John O’Byrne said that he would like to thank the gardai for all their help in the management of the traffic in the town and their consultation during the planning process. He also thanked the public for all the donations they gave at flag days and church gate collections and said that even when the parade was finished this year they would be at church gate collections in Boherlahan and Dualla on St. Patrick’s night and the morning afterwards. “It might seem strange to be collecting straight after the Parade but that is how the permits have been issued to us, and even though the parade is finished for 2012 we will still have bills to pay.”

Commercial entries this year will be competing for a prize of a years’ free membership to the Cashel Chamber of Commerce. “We are delighted that the Chamber have formally recognised the work put into the parade by the commercial companies and we wish every entrant the best and safest parade in years and early indications are the number of entrants is up on last year,” Mr. O’Byrne told us.