Former Mayor and Fianna Fail TD Carrie Acheson will be the Grand Marshall of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Clonmel.
District Mayor Martin Lonergan told this week’s public meeting at the Town Hall that her nomination as Grand Marshall was to acknowledge Carrie Acheson’s vast contribution and dedicated service to Clonmel over the years.
It will also be fitting in the year that Clonmel Show celebrates its 150th anniversary, as Mrs. Acheson is the show president.
Doubts about the parade surfaced when the St. Patrick’s Well Committee (Cumann Tobar Naomh Padraig), which had organised the event since 2002, announced a fortnight ago that it wouldn’t be involved in the organisation of this year’s parade.
However Monday night’s public meeting, which was attended by a wide range of local groups and organisations, heard a commitment from the District Mayor that there would be a parade in the town on March 17, with the full support of the County Council and Clonmel Borough District.
Local bands, street theatre, clubs and societies have confirmed their participation and the Mayor encouraged all other local groups, who may not have previously entered a float or organised a performance, to consider participating in the parade.
Invitations have also been issued to the mayors of those towns in Europe that are twinned with Clonmel to join in the festivities.
The Gardai, Civil Defence, Irish Red Cross, Clonmel Chamber of Commerce, Association of Clonmel Traders, Clonmel Bianconi Twinning Committee, the Junction Festival, Festival Cluain Meala, Clonmel Cycling Club, Sea Change Clonmel, Clonmel Toastmasters and Clonmel Rugby Club were all represented at this week’s meeting, along with TDs and county councillors.
A number of other groups that were unable to attend offered to assist and participate in the organisation of the day. Initial contact and support has also been pledged from local groups in relation to Health and Safety and route management matters, proposals for performances and entertainment, and advertising and publicity.
It was confirmed that the Chamber of Commerce will host the registration of floats and marching groups and clubs. The online registration form is available on the front page of www.clonmelchamber.com.
Thanks were expressed to Cumann Tobar Naomh Padraig for their role in organising previous parades and it was stated that there would continue to be a strong working relationship between the Council and the Cumann over the course of the additional events scheduled for the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
A steering group will co-ordinate the event. This group will meet weekly to receive updates on progress and advise and support the overall process.
Additional information on the parade may be obtained from the Clonmel Borough District Office, tel. 076-1065000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.