New be­gin­nings for St Pa­trick’s Day Pa­rade

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THE sched­uled meet­ing of Castleis­land’s St Pa­trick’s Day Pa­rade ad-hoc com­mit­tee took place in the River Is­land Ho­tel on Thurs­day night, Fe­bru­ary 8.

The meet­ing in­cluded val­ued safety ad­vice from Garda Sergeant John O’Ma­hony and a wel­come in­crease of mem­bers of the pub­lic and busi­ness peo­ple from the town.

It was de­cided that this year with health and safety and in­sur­ance be­ing the pri­or­ity that all groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions tak­ing part will as­sem­ble on the grounds of Castleis­land Co-Op Mart.

The move from the tra­di­tional Tralee Road start­ing point means that a num­ber of new safety mea­sures and one-way routes can be put in place.

Cream­ery Lane / Con­vent Street will be one-way from Main Street and all par­tic­i­pants will head to­wards the mart grounds this way.

All tak­ing part will pro­ceed to their des­ig­nated start­ing point which will be clearly laid out on the mart yard. The start­ing point will be the road lead­ing from the mart on to the old li­brary where the pa­rade will turn left and head down Main St.

The pa­rade will go through the town and around JK O’Con­nors and the Back of the Forge and head up to the top of the town to the old li­brary and fin­ish back at the mart yard. Church Street and Bar­rack Street will be one way and traf­fic com­ing from Scarta­glen will turn left at Gar­vey’s Su­perValu.

The ‘gig-rig’ will be lo­cated in front of Tom Mc Carthy’s Bar.

The com­mit­tee has asked all bars and clubs in the area to pro­vide at least three stew­ards. Over 30 vol­un­teers will be needed to en­sure a safe, suc­cess­ful and ac­ci­dent free cou­ple of hours.

As the pa­rade is in­creas­ing in num­bers with each pass­ing year, the co oper­a­tion of the pub­lic is es­sen­tial and sup­port is earnestly re­quested.

All in­tend­ing par­tic­i­pants are asked to be at the start­ing point by the lat­est time of 12:30pm. on the day . All stew­ards are asked to con­tact Ted Kenny, at 087 28 42 899 along with your con­tact num­ber as soon as pos­si­ble.

An­other meet­ing will be held in two weeks time and this will also be open to the pub­lic on Thurs­day night, March 1, at the River Is­land Ho­tel.

Photo by John Reidy

The huge ex­panse of the Castleis­land Co-Op Mart Yard has been put at the dis­posal of the com­mu­nity for the start and fin­ish of next month’s St. Pa­trick’s Day Pa­rade.

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