Preparations underway for Bracknagh St Patrick’s Day parade

WITH just a little over two weeks to go to the Bracknagh St Patrick’s Day parade organisers hope that you are all looking forward to and preparing for it.

WITH just a little over two weeks to go to the Bracknagh St Patrick’s Day parade organisers hope that you are all looking forward to and preparing for it.

RTE have confirmed they will definitely be coming to Bracknagh this year. Fundraising began last weekend and there are raffle tickets being sold throughout the parish and on Sunday March 13 there will be a Cake Sale and Bric-A-Brac in the community hall, St Brochan’s Park at 3pm.

Any donations for the Bric-A-Brac can be given to any member of the committee, and cakes will be accepted on the day. For the Bric-A-Brac the committee ask you not to bring clothes or large furniture items. They are accepting books, toys, ornaments, jewellery, cosmetics, small household items music etc.

They are also asking businesses in the area for donations. “We thank you in advance for your support. We appreciate it has been a difficult year so if everyone gives a little bit it won’t be a burden on anyone,” said a committee spokesperson.

The parade will start at 2pm from Ardra Bridge and all participants are asked to be in place by 1.30pm at the latest to allow the judges time to talk to participants and see the work that has been put in.

This will allow anyone wishing to go on to Portarlington to do so. They will have the usual music and face-painting. Anyone who wishes to sing, dance, tell a story and suchlike is welcome and should make themselves known to a member of the committee.

The results of the art competition will be announced following the parade. The committee encourage everyone to come out on the day, take part in the parade or support those who have. “It’s our National Feast Day so lets get out there celebrate, have a bit of craic and maybe a pint or two,” said the spokesperson.

The Committee consists of John Broderick, Tracey Sheridan, Elaine Geoghegan, Margaret Kelly, Peg Nolan and Maria Daly. Tel 087 2840992, 057 8629190,