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DE­SPITE tak­ing place that bit ear­lier this year, to ac­com­mo­date those wish­ing to catch Ire­land’s all im­por­tant clash with Eng­land in the Six Na­tions, this year’s St Pa­trick’s Day Pa­rade is promis­ing to be as big as ever.

The pa­rade will set off at the ear­lier time of 1 p.m. this year, moved from the usual time of 3 p.m. Floats and ve­hi­cles tak­ing part are asked to as­sem­ble at the Prom­e­nade at mid­day and marchers are asked to con­vene at St Se­nan’s Church at the same time. The march­ing pa­rade will set off from the Shan­non at 1 p.m. and will fol­low the usual route. It will be led by mem­bers of the Army Re­serve Colour Party and the North­field Cale­do­nia Pipe & Drum band from Birmingham will be in at­ten­dance.

Among the groups al­ready con­firmed to take part are the United Na­tions Vet­er­ans’ As­so­ci­a­tion; Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Na­tional Ex-Ser­vice­men; Ath­letic, GAA, Rugby, Hockey, Soc­cer and Box­ing Clubs; Ferns Dioce­san Youth Ser­vice; Scouts, Guides and Brown­ies; Danc­ing Schools, Gym­nasts and var­i­ous Floats, ve­hi­cles and im­pres­sive vin­tage ma­chines. Floats and Ve­hi­cles will join the Pa­rade at Séa­mus Rafter Bridge af­ter all the marchers pass by and turn left at the Post Of­fice and pro­ceed along the usual route. It is the in­ten­tion to di­vert the larger ve­hi­cles such as HGVs at Doyle’s Cor­ner on to Nun­nery Road in or­der to re­lieve traf­fic con­ges­tion in the Mar­ket Square where var­i­ous en­ter­tain­ment will take place from 12.30 p.m.

Once again, due to health and safety reg­u­la­tions, in­sur­ance im­pli­ca­tions and ad­vice from An Garda Síochána, horses and other an­i­mals will not be al­lowed to take part in the pa­rade. The com­mit­tee wish to thank ev­ery­one for their en­thu­si­asm and sup­port and are look­ing for­ward to what prom­ises to be an­other great St Pa­trick’s Day in En­nis­cor­thy.


THIS year’s St Pa­trick’s Day cel­e­bra­tions in Bun­clody take on ex­tra sig­nif­i­cance as it’s the 30th an­niver­sary of the pa­rade. As a re­sult, this year’s pa­rade will take on a ‘ happy birth­day’ theme and prom­ises to be as fun and colour­ful as ever.

While a big loss to the pa­rade this year is the Ballindag­gin Pipe Band, who will be fly­ing the flag for Wex­ford in Lon­don, or­gan­is­ers are hope­ful that other lo­cal mu­si­cal acts will step into the breach and pro­vide a sound­track to the day.

This year’s pa­rade is ex­pected to con­tain over 60 dif­fer­ent items, in­clud­ing 20 dif­fer­ent walk­ing groups, floats, vin­tage cars and ma­chin­ery and com­mu­nity groups. Walk­ing groups are asked to gather at The Mill Race Ho­tel from 10 a.m. while floats are asked to as­sem­ble at Glan­bia at 9.30 a.m. The pa­rade will set of at 10.45 a.m. sharp and the bless­ing of the sham­rock will take place at the view­ing stand at 11 a.m. Af­ter­wards, it is hoped that peo­ple will stick around and en­joy the at­mos­phere as the kids (big and small!) queue for their green ice cream cones, as is the tra­di­tion in Bun­clody. It prom­ises to be a great oc­ca­sion and peo­ple are in­vited to come along and mark 30 years in style! Any­one in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved, play­ing mu­sic or giv­ing a hand stew­ard­ing is asked to con­tact Bar­bara Anne Mur­phy on 087 6736966 or Michael Ke­hoe on 086 8365265.


WEX­FORD’S 2018 St Pa­trick’s Day pa­rade will step out in style on Satur­day with a host of floats and bands play­ing ev­er­thing from samba- to march­ing mu­sic.

Bands will in­clude the In­ver­more March­ing Band, Ark­low, Al­cateia Samba Band, Birmingham Pipe Band, St Pa­trick’s Fife & Drum Band, New Ross District Pipe Band, the Re­serve De­fence Force Pipe Band and Wex­ford Com­mu­nity Samba Band.

The mil­i­tary will be rep­re­sented by mem­bers of E Com­pany 3rd Bat­tal­ion Re­serve De­fence Forces and even some Star Wars storm troop­ers will be on hand.

The Wex­ford Pa­rade is the old­est pa­rade in the coun­try the first pa­rade took place in 1904

The pa­rade is set to start at 10.45 a.m. and is due to fin­ish by 12.30 p.m. be­fore the train ar­rives on the Quay at 12.50 p.m.

The tra­di­tional civic mass will be at 9 a.m. in Bride Street Church, at­tended by the Mayor of Wex­ford Cllr Jim Moore along with lo­cal TDs, Wex­ford District Coun­cil of­fi­cials and coun­cil­lors and mem­bers of Wex­ford County Coun­cil. The tra­di­tional bless­ing of the Sham­rock will also take place at this mass.

The pa­rade it­self will as­sem­ble in the the Maudlin­town area, from the Trin­ity Street area at 9.30 a.m.

There will be a num­ber of road clo­sures in place from 9.15 a.m from Brendan’s Road into Maudlin­town, from the Maudlin­town traf­fic lights down into William Street, Trin­ity Street to the junc­tion of Par­nell Street-Trin­ity Street. No traf­fic will be al- lowed into this area un­til af­ter the pa­rade has started.

As the pa­rade starts, the gar­dai will be clos­ing other streets along the route of the pa­rade so the pub­lic are warned to ex­pect de­lays and ar­rive on time.

Pa­rade Sec­re­tary John Fowler said the com­mit­tee wanted to thank the peo­ple from Brendan’s Road/Maudlin­town, Batt Street down to Fish­ers Row/Trin­ity Street for their co-op­er­a­tion over the years in leav­ing the area free of ve­hi­cles as they have done so for many years on the morn­ing of the pa­rade.

‘We would ask once again for co­op­er­a­tion on the morn­ing and for the du­ra­tion of the pa­rade. Also we are ask­ing for the same co-op­er­a­tion from the Tal­bot Ho­tel up Trin­ity Street to Fish­ers Row,’ said Mr Fowler.

‘Please do not park on the right or left hand side of the road. The pa­rade will move off from Trin­ity Street at 10.45 a.m. along William Street, Trin­ity Street, Paul Quay, Cres­cent Quay, Com­mer­cial Quay (with the re­view­ing stand lo­cated just on the right hand side of the Quay ad­ja­cent to the bridge) and into Red­mond Place and Red­mond Square.

‘We would ap­peal to peo­ple to use the car parks around the town or to park well away from the route of the pa­rade.

‘As the re­view­ing stand is on the quay front again this year it is es­sen­tial that there is no park­ing from the bridge up along the quays. The same will ap­ply to those col­lect­ing chil­dren tak­ing part in the pa­rade; please do so well away from the Red­mond Square area,’ said Mr Fowler.

The car park at the tourist of­fice will be open, along with the old cinema car park along with the Stone­bridge car park.

As soon as the pa­rade has started, pedes­tri­ans will not be al­lowed to walk back to­wards the pa­rade from Red­mond Square along the quays, as this will cause con­ges­tion with both groups and floats tak­ing part in the pa­rade. Traf­fic will not be al­lowed into Trin­ity Street from the junc­tion with Par­nell Street up to the traf­fic light at Maudlin­town from 9.15 a.m. un­til the pa­rade has passed that area.

Mr Fowler said that given the size of the pa­rade, it’s im­por­tant that there be no large gaps in the pro­ces­sion. He said safety is paramount and ‘any­thing that turns up for the pa­rade that in the eyes of our safety of­fi­cers is a dan­ger to any­one will not be al­lowed take part’.

‘St Pa­trick’s Day is a fun and fam­ily-ori-

ented day and we want ev­ery­one to en­joy it,’ said Mr Fowler.

‘It’s a day when all the groups and clubs come to­gether and dis­play to the peo­ple of Wex­ford what is on of­fer to their chil­dren as re­gards to recre­ation fa­cil­i­ties through­out Wex­ford be­cause at times I have heard peo­ple say there is noth­ing for the youth of Wex­ford,

‘I say to these peo­ple come out and watch the hun­dreds of dif­fer­ent groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions who pa­rade each year on St Pa­trick’s Day and then tell me there is noth­ing for our youth in Wex­ford.’

Mr Fowler said he wanted to thank prin­ci­pal spon­sors, Wex­ford District Coun­cil, Wex­ford County Coun­cil, Wex­ford Credit Union, along with the busi­ness com­mu­nity for their con­tin­u­ous sup­port. McDon­ald’s, Dunnes Stores, Ed­die Macken, and Shoe Style, Matt Bo­gan and Michael Hayes.


THIS YEAR’S St Pa­trick’s Day Pa­rade in Gorey starts as nor­mal at 3 p.m.

The pa­rade entries will gather be­fore­hand at 2 p.m., at the new stag­ing area on the link road which con­nects the Carnew Road, Hol­ly­fort Road and Fort Road.

There will be no road clo­sures on the day, but di­ver­sions will be in place while the pa­rade is mov­ing down past The Mon­u­ment, McCur­tain Street, Main Street, and dis­pers­ing af­ter the re­view stand on Es­monde Street. The pa­rade will be led by grand mar­shal Gorey Lit­tle Theatre Group.

The win­ners of the prizes will be de­cided by those on the re­view stand, and will be given out from the re­view stand im­me­di­ately af­ter the pa­rade. Lo­cal coun­cil­lor Mal­colm Byrne will be MC.

Cat­e­gories in­clude best float, best busi­ness, best sport­ing group, best com­mu­nity, best Ir­ish group, and best win­dow dis­play from a lo­cal busi­ness.

There will be a strong mu­si­cal pres­ence dur­ing this year’s pa­rade. Other en­trants in­clude Rugby Club, Hockey Club, Naomh Eanna GAA Club, Cam­phill Duf­f­car­rig, Cheshire Homes, Bal­ly­gar­rett GAA Club, Scout Groups, Laven­der Farm, K & K Win­dows, and much more.

The com­mit­tee are in des­per­ate need of stew­ards to help at the pa­rade. Con­tact Sean Hal­ford on 087 6407166 if you can spare a cou­ple of hours.


EV­ERY year the coastal vil­lage of Dun­can­non de­liv­ers spade loads of fun at its St Pa­trick’s Day Pa­rade, which is Ire­land’s most unique St Pa­trick’s Day cel­e­bra­tion, bring­ing vis­i­tors and lo­cals alike onto the stun­ning cres­cent shaped beach.

This year’s St Pa­trick’s Day Pa­rade in Dun­can­non be­gins at the ear­lier time of 12 p.m. giv­ing ev­ery­one plenty of time to get to the pub or to the com­fort of their couch for the Ire­land Eng­land rugby match.

As usual the pa­rade starts at the Star of the Sea church, while nu­mer­ous fun ac­tiv­i­ties for all the fam­ily kick off on the beach. Sea­mus Long and the Deputies will pro­vide mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment on the day and there will be plenty to keep peo­ple en­ter­tained, in­clud­ing a hurl­ing match on the beach and chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment.

Lo­cal youth Cor­mac Mur­phy, who uses a wheel­chair, has been given the hon­our of be­ing grand mar­shal.


PROV­ING a hit ev­ery St Pa­trick’s Day, the Clon­roche pa­rade will once again pass through the vil­lage once again in an ex­plo­sion of green, white and gold to mark our na­tional day. Once again this is a mile­stone for the pa­rade and or­gan­is­ers are promis­ing one of the big­gest in the event’s 10-year his­tory.

The Clon­roche pa­rade has be­come in­fa­mous for a bit of hu­mour and there are sure to be some hi­lar­i­ous and top­i­cal floats which will have you in stitches. The pa­rade is be­ing planned by the Clon­roche De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion and they are hop­ing that they will re­ceive great sup­port from lo­cal busi­nesses, sport­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions and com­mu­nity groups. They are hope­ful that there will be even more floats than usual in this year’s pa­rade, some of which a lot of work has gone into. One in par­tic­u­lar will have a full thatched cot­tage on the back pro­mot­ing the house of sto­ries.

The pa­rade will get un­der way at 1 p.m. and come right down through the vil­lage as nor­mal. Floats and march­ing groups are asked to as­sem­ble at the usual point at Bal­ly­mackessy well in ad­vance of the kick off time. For more in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact the Clon­roche De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion or visit the as­so­ci­a­tion’s Face­book page.

Ja­son and Rachel Cox from Ou­lart at last year’s pa­rade in En­nis­cor­thy.

ABOVE: Last year’s pa­rade in the town.

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