Carrick-on-Suir's St Patrick's Day Parade to end with fireworks display

Aileen Hahesy

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Aileen Hahesy

Carrick-on-Suir's St Patrick's Day Parade will finish at Ormond Castle where there will be fireworks

More than 20 groups have so far signed up to march in Carrick-on-Suir's St Patrick's Day Parade, which will culminate in a dazzling fireworks display over the town's Ormond Castle. 

The parade, which this year boasts the theme “St Patrick meets the Tudors” , will take place in the evening for the third year in a row. 

 The organising committee has appealed to the people of the town and district to turn out in large numbers to enjoy the spectacle. 

Last year the town hosted its first ever fireworks St Patrick's Day fireworks display over the River Suir at Sean Healy Park and it was such a success that its taking place again this year. The fireworks expected to attract extra visitors to the Carrick-on-Suir parade on Saturday. 

Cllr David Dunne of Carrick-on-Suir St Patrick's Day Committee said the parade will be led by St Patrick and local Fire Service tenders and the Carrick-on-Suir Brass Band and Carrick-on-Suir Republican Flute Band will march in it and entertain the watching crowds. 

A wide range of social and sports clubs, music and cultural groups as well as community organisation from Carrick-on-Suir and surrounding parishes will participate in the pageant and a perpetual cup will be presented for the best group entry. Carrick-on-Suir's Rising Stars Variety Group won the award last year.  

Cllr Dunne said parade entries will be accepted up to Friday and said groups participating in the Clonmel parade earlier in the day are welcome to also walk in Carrick's pageant. 

The parade will start from the Glanbia Co-op Store in Carrickbeg at 5.30pm.  It will cross Dillon Bridge and proceed down Main Street, through the West Gate, down Kickham Street and onto the N24. It will then head up New Street and finish at Ormond Castle where there will be amusements for kids. 

Cllr Dunne estimated the fireworks display will kick off around 6.30pm. "We are running a competition for the best picture of the fireworks over the Castle. A postcard of the winning photo will be produced and the winner will receive a bodhran with the photo imposed on it."

He advised people who plan on attending and taking part in the parade to wrap up well on Saturday as the weather is forecast to be very cold. 

Meanwhile, Parade Committee has re-issued its appeal for more volunteers to help out with stewarding. 

Anyone interested in volunteering their time or any group wishing to take part in the parade should contact Cllr David Du