Plans are well in hand for the 2015 Cashel St. Patrick’s Parade which will be fronted by the Dermot O’Hurley Pipe band on Tuesday, March 17.
The pipers will begin their march along the traditional circuit at 2.20pm followed by the vintage vehicles and the main contingent of walkers at 2.30pm.
Walking groups should assemble at the Rock car park from 1.30pm, this is a drop off point only and vehicle should approach from the Kiln side of the rock. Vintage vehicles and animals will meet at Lady’s Well and motorised floats and commercial vehicles should line up by the petrol station on the old Dublin Road.
The route takes in Lady’s Well, Canopy Street, Friar Street, The Green, Boher Clough, Lower Gate and move up Main street to the Reviewing Stand by the Banks.
The Parade organisers would like to remind motorists to move their cars from the parade route by 1.15pm. Roads will close at 1.45pm and not open again until the parade finishes, sometime after 4pm.
There is one major change to the traditional format of the parade with the winners being presented with their prizes at Halla Na Feile at 5pm. Sean Laffey, chair of the Parade Committee, said: “we have listened to a number of suggestions from participants. One major worry they have had in the past is the time it takes to park a float and then head back into town to catch the prize giving. So this year the prizes will be awarded at a later time and in Hall Na Feile at 5pm.
There is still time for people to enter the parade and you can collect an entry form from Wally Ryan at Ashmore House B&B in John’s Street. You can register by calling Wally on 06261286.
“We are looking forward to another great parade and with an election looming and water charges at the front of everyone’s mind there is a huge potential for some cutting edge satiire this year.”
Sean said he would like to thank Wally Ryan and Gayle Noonan for all the hard work they have put in. “The current committee formed at short notice to save the parade after last year’s incumbents resigned at the end of 2014. It’s been a mountain of work in a few short weeks, but we couldn’t have Cashel without a parade on St. Patrick’s Day, now could we?”