Ministers to miss local St. Patrick’s Day parades

Clare Urquhart and Michael Gleeson promoting the Gorey St. Patrick’s Day programme at the Gorey 400 presentation in the Ashdown Park Hotel recently. (Pic; Joseph Dixon Photography).

Don’t expect to see our Wexford ministers at your St. Patrick’s Day Parade unless  you are travelling abroad; Minister Michael D’Arcy is in the United States and Minister Paul Kehoe is spending time in Lebanon and Cyprus.
However, the bands, the floats, the marching groups and the music will be available locally, and, as they say – the crack will be mighty. Here is a list of some of the best parades happening near you…
BOOLAVOGUE
The inaugural St Patrick’s Day Parade takes place in The Harrow and gets under way at 1 pm. Promises to be an enjoyable family friendly event and all are welcome. Groups or individuals wishing to participate should contact Eithne Turner (087 6960370) or Caroline Farrington (087 1306957) for further details.
BUNCLODY
You have to be up early for the Bunclody St. Patrick’s Day Parade – it moves off at 10.45 am from the Glanbia premises at Carrigduff, through the Main Street, and ending on Ryland Road. Plenty of entertainment to set the Bank Holiday mood into top gear. A service for the Church of Ireland union of parishes will take place at 9.30 am in St. Mary’s Church. All are welcome.
CARRIG-ON-BANNOW
The 10th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Carrig-on-Bannow begins at 2 pm from the school field and there are special prizes for junior and senior floats. Due to the unique route at Carrig-on-Bannow the supporters and families get a chance to see the parade twice! That adds to the fun and atmosphere. The 850th anniversary of the arrival of the Normans at Bannow is being celebrated this year and sure to be a feature for many of the floats. Enquiries to Marie (087 9709901) or Greg (086 8174231).
CARNEW
Carnew St Patrick’s Day Parade take centre stage along the Main Street with a 1 pm start. Local business premises will have floats and the vintage club is expected to turn out in big numbers. Always a big occasion in the town.
COOLGREANY
The 11th annual Coolgreany St patrick’s Day Parade gathers at Lower Street and moves off at 12.30 pm. Six categories this year and it is hoped that local businesses and voluntary organisations will have strong representation and that large numbers will turn out to support the event. All enquiries to Jack (086 8517618).
CURRAGRAIGUE
Billed as “Wexford’s shortest, smallest, least well-known” the Curragraigue St. Patrick’s Day starts at 1 pm, but could be over by 1.06 pm (it depends!). Not far from Ballindaggin. One thing is certain it will be traditional and entertaining!
DUNCANNON
This is a unique parade and large crowds gather on the beach where the parade concludes! Commencing at 4 pm the vehicle floats start out from the local bar at Dunbrody Country House Hotel in nearby Arthurstown and joins up with walking groups outside the Star of the Sea Church overlooking the village and Barrow estuary. Apparently, the lads from Campile United are going to be in drag!
ENNISCORTHY
The parade will take the traditional route setting out from St. Senan’s Church at 3 pm and they will pass the VIP viewing platform beside the Rafter Bridge. Always colourful and entertaining and a spectacular sight crossing the River Slaney, Enniscorthy has a long and proud tradition for honouring the patron saint in the shadow of famed Vinegar Hill. Fringe events are happening at Market Square from 2 pm.
FETHARD-ON-SEA
Starts at 2 pm. Local clubs and organisations will join with businesses in providing floats that will be colourful and entertaining for the families who want to have a great day out. The parade was revived in 2014 after a 30 year lapse and is increasing in numbers and strength year after year.
GOREY
The county senior hurling champions, Naomh Éanna GAA Club, are the Grand Marshals for the Gorey parade and they are bound to get a massive reception. The parade participants will gather at the Carnew Road and Woodbury area at 2 pm – down the Main Street in traditional style – the theme this year is Gorey 400 and there is a window display competition.
NEW ROSS
The theme of this year’s New Ross St Patrick’s Day Parade is “New Ross 100 years of the Panto” and it commences from the Irishtown at 2 pm. Locally well-known ‘panto veterans’ Tom Doyle and Martin Waters are the joint Grand Marshals and they are bound to be afforded a warm reception. More information is available from Anthony Connick (087 2338350) or Ollie Somers (087 2571841).
WEXFORD
Proud to be the oldest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations – the first was in 1904 – the participants will assemble in the Maudlintown area and take off at around 10.45 am. The route travels via Trinity St, Paul Quay, Crescent Quay, past the reviewing stand at Commercial Quay, and on to Redmond Place and Redmond Quay.

 

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