St Patrick may get one day but in Clonmel the celebrations to mark Irelandâ€™s patron saint, will last for an entire weekend. Final preparations are in place for this yearâ€™s St Patrickâ€™s festivities which kick off next week.
Clonmel will come alive on St. Patrickâ€™s Day with its biggest parade yet which will take place at 3.30pm on Sunday, March 17 and will travel along the traditional route.
The theme for this yearâ€™s parade is â€˜The Beauty That Surrounds Usâ€™ and just like last year, local arts group and street entertainers Shellikybookie will be playing a central role in making the parade a day for all to remember.
Speaking at the launch of the parade, Mayor of Clonmel Cllr Billy Shoer said that Clonmel is a town with breathtaking scenery, a beautiful river and something to enchant everyone and the parade was a means of highlighting this.
â€œWe have beautiful mountains sweeping down towards our main streets, the river Suir and so much more. It does not matter how long one has lived here, it consistently amazes with its beauty and scenery,â€ he said.
Community and voluntary groups are asked to take part in the parade and can do so by registering their interest on the Clonmel Chamber website â€“ www.clonmelchamber.com
The parade is just one element of the celebrations of the national feast day. On Thursday, March 14 notable local historian Dr William Smith will deliver the annual lecture in the Town Hall at 8pm. This yearâ€™s topic is centred on property valuations in the 19th century. As always, the event offers an opportunity for people to visit the Town Hall and to see this historic building. The annual gala dinner will take place on March 16 at Hotel Minella at 8pm. The winner of the Eileen Anderson Unsung Hero Award will be announced on the night. Tickets for the event are available from committee members.For further details about the parade please call PJ Long, Parade Organiser on 052 61 21432