Tullamore parade ready to go

PREPARATIONS are almost complete for this year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade in Tullamore.

PREPARATIONS are almost complete for this year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade in Tullamore.

The parade takes place as usual on March 17 and starts this year at 11.15am from the usual starting place at the Bridge Centre Car Park. All entrants should be at the Bridge Centre Car Park by 10.45am at the latest. “We have already have a huge amount of entries and we are continuing to take further entries,” said Sean O’ Brien, parade PRO.

Before the parade starts there will be entertainment at the main review stand with Tullamore Ceoltas and the Durrow Set Dancers. This will start at 10.30am sharp and the road from the co-op corner to Kilbeggan Bridge will be closed at this time.

The committee urgently need more stewards to assist with assembly of the parade and the safe running of the parade and volunteers are asked to contact any of the names listed below.

Groups who wish to have a description of their entry mentioned by the MC should hand in a small piece to the committee. It should be noted that entries performing at the review stand will be strictly confined to one piece or 1.5 minutes so as to give everyone a fair chance. Dog owners and their dogs are very welcome to march in the parade and we would ask them to carry a pooper scooper as this is required by law.

“This year is the centenary of the founding of St Colmcilles Pipe Band and we will be honouring them in a special way by inviting them to be our special Guests Of Honour and to officially open the parade.

“The Offaly Rose, Arlene Kelly from Edenderry, will be present also and she will be transported by one of Martin Kelly’s beautiful Bentley’s!

“The theme for this year’s Parade is “Music Through The Ages In Tullamore”. We are asking anyone involved in music in any way to come and join in the parade,” said Cllr O’Brien.

For further information contact Sean O’ Brien at 086 3892854, Declan Harvey at 087 4106571, Pascal Fox at 086 8760279 or John O’ Toole at 087 2462315.