Plans Progressing For Roscrea’s 34th Annual St Patrick’s Parade
Roscrea’s 34th Annual successive St. Patrick’s Day Parade is now being planned. Again this Parade is being organised by RCDC. The organising of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is an onerous task and Chairman Liam Shanahan is joined again this year by Arthur Crawford – Vice Chairman, Marie Tooher – Secretary, Steve Crofton – Treasurer, John Lupton – PRO, Brendan Keeshan, Sean Delaney and Mary Heffernan.
The hardworking committee have now finalised plans for the parade and are appealing to clubs, schools, organisations, residents associations, industrial and commercial interests in the town to participate in the parade on the day and bring their talents and messages onto the streets of Roscrea in a colourful, amusing and entertaining way. As usual there will be a parade narration from the Review Stand which will facilitate float entrants in advertising their businesses or promoting their organisations’ objectives. The Parade Committee are also appealing to groups and individuals who may have musical or other such talents to enhance the celebrations on the day performing on the streets.
The assembly point for the parade is the old Dublin Road. Assembly takes place at 2.30p.m. and the parade will begin to roll at 3p.m. The route of the parade will include Church Street, Castle Street and pass by the Review Stand in Market Square and will then proceed through Main Street.
There will be an ecumenical ceremony prior to the parade in Damer House to bless the shamrock. Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann’s Roscrea Branch will be playing in the Square from 1p.m. Among the bands in this year’s parade will be St. Colmcille’s Pipe Band and the Sean Tracy Pipe Band.
The Organising Committee have asked the retailers of the town to decorate their shop windows. There is a Perpetual trophy available which best promotes an awareness of tourism in Roscrea sponsored by Roscrea Heritage. There are also a large number of perpetual trophies for the various category entries.
As the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is of very major benefit to the traders of the town who are opened on St Patrick’s Day and which include publicans, convenience shops and restaurants, these groups are asked to contribute extra generously in defraying the escalating costs of holding the parade.
Without the assistance of the entire community it would not be possible to continue organising a Parade in Roscrea, as annually the cost increased and fund raising becomes more difficult for a small number of people. The organizing committee are therefore seeking floats from the Industrial, Business and Voluntary sector and also floats from schools, sports clubs, music groups, social clubs etc should contact Parade Secretary Marie Tooher, Committee office, Abbey Hall, Roscrea. Telephone (0505) 23183/23185