Shellikybookie, a street art and entertainment venture run by local volunteers, designed an incredible 10 floats for Clonmel’s successful St. Patricks’ Day parade last Saturday. Five of these floats were inspired by Pink Floyd’s concept album and feature film The Wall.
Local band The Waheys also got in on the act by entertaining the crowds, playing live on one of the floats.
As part of their ongoing commitment to support local business and the arts in Clonmel, The Showgrounds Shopping Centre were delighted to sponsor Shellikybookie’s floats in the parade and the sponsorship deal agreed will see them partner with Shellikybookie on numerous other installations throughout the year.
The creator of Shellikybookie, Anthony Lawless said “There were days when I thought this project would never become a reality but then I remembered our ethos ‘Dare to Dream’ and that’s exactly what I did. The sponsorship from The Showgrounds is a very generous gift that has allowed us to realise our dreams and hopefully will continue to do so. They put their faith in us when we were just getting started and for that we are grateful, but now they’ve seen what we can do they’re keen to work with us again.”
Shellikybookie and The Showgrounds first collaborated together at Christmas and the shopping centre was so impressed with their work that they’ve commissioned the group for a number of other projects.
Julian Smith, Centre manager of The Showgrounds commented “We’re delighted to be in a position to support such a vibrant, young organisation. Their work on our Christmas grotto was outstanding and we received so much positive feedback that we really believe there is scope for Shellikybookie to grow and grow. Anthony Lawless is a visionary in the work he creates. Not only that but Shellikybookie provides a great outlet for people in the community to get involved with. What particularly appeals to us is that it really gives back to the town of Clonmel, through installations, floats and street entertainment. Everything they’ve been involved in to date has been fantastic for the town, we were really impressed with the impact they made on the parade this year. We’ve commissioned them to do numerous installations throughout the year and we’re genuinely excited to see what they come up with.”
Shellikybookie is a not-for-profit organisation that relies on the generosity of the people in the community, not just financially, but also those who donate their time week in, week out to create these displays.