Preparations are almost complete for the celebration of the national holiday in Clonmel, with a great line-up of events to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Clonmel.
The festivities kick off at 8pm on this Friday, March 14 at the County Museum, where Anne Breen will give a lecture marking 200 years of the Presentation Sisters in Clonmel. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend what promises to be an interesting and fun evening.
The St. Patrick’s Well Gala Dinner takes place at Hotel Minella on Sunday, March 16, featuring a special performance by Banda Santa Cecilia, who are visiting from Costa Masnaga, Clonmel’s twin town. They will be followed by a performance by Morrissey and Daniels.
This event also feature the presentation of this year’s Eileen Anderson Unsung Hero Award, honouring those people who go the extra mile to make a difference in their community. Tickets at €40 each are available from the Borough Council offices in Parnell Street.
St. Patrick’s Day begins at 8.30am with the raising of the National and Papal flags at St. Patrick’s Well. Blessed shamrock will be available at the Town Hall from 11.20am and a parade, led by the Mayor Pat English and members of the Borough Council, will lead worshippers to St. Mary’s Church in Irishtown for 12 noon Mass in Irish.
The parade on Monday starts at 3.30pm at Upper Irishtown and promises to be a great spectacle, with over 30 floats and organisations already registered.
A delegation from Costa Masnaga, its neighbouring town Nibonnio and the 44-strong band Banda Santa Cecilia will join the parade and alongside Banna Chluain Meala, the Cashel Pipe Band and the Tipperary Ramblers will provide a musical treat. With some street performances from the Busking Festival and face painting for the children there will be plenty to keep people of all ages in the festival mood.
Mayor of Reading, Cllr Marian Livingston, and her daughter Michelle, will also be in attendance and at 5.30pm Mayor Pat English will host a drinks reception at the Town Hall to mark the 20th anniversary of the twinning of Clonmel and Reading.
The parade will also include a Circus Spectacular presented by Waterford street theatre group Spraoi and a bevy of volunteers from Clonmel and beyond. Volunteers are still sought so if you can spare a few hours and want to march alongside some great Spraoi characters please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.