Roscrea’s much loved Pastor Emeritus, who in the past year celebrated 50 years of priestly ministry is to review this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade as the parade’s committee’s Special Guest. The Very Rev. Dr. Corbett came to Roscrea in 2005 as Parish Priest. He was formerly Professor of Systematic Theology at St. Patrick’s Pontifical College in Maynooth where he taught many of the country’s diocesan priests and many of the country’s Bishops. He is a native of Scariff in County Clare and since coming to Roscrea he has endeared himself to all in the community and its surrounds. He will give the Guest of Honour’s address from the Review Stand at approximately 3 O’clock before the parade arrives.
Roscrea’s Community Development Council’s sub-committee under the Chairmanship of Steve Crofton are finalising plans for Roscrea’s 37th Annual successive St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the town which takes place at 3p.m. through the streets of the town on Tuesday, March 17th, our National Feast Day. The organising committee are asking people to come onto the streets in large numbers and enjoy the festivities. They also invite individuals, groups, organisations, clubs, businesses, novelty items and community interest groups to enter floats free of charge and add to the diversity of the parade.
CASH PRIZES - €1,000
The Organising Committee have decided to give out a cash prize of €200 to each winning entry in the following categories:- Best Overall Entry, Best Schools Entry, Best Business Float, Best Sport/Youth Category and Best Residents Group. Therefore the committee are urging all entrants to make a special effort in the hope of winning the cash prizes.
As usual there are a large number of trophies in various categories for parade entries and hence those entering floats are encouraged to make ‘the little extra effort’ which might be rewarded with a perpetual trophy.
The Organising Committee are also this year holding its annual Shop Window competition, the winner of which will be announced from the Review Stand.
Face Painting/Balloon Modelling/Entertainment
The focus of activity will be the Square where the Review Stand will be located, as in past years at the junction of Castle Street and Main Street. Courtesy of McDonald’s there will be face painting and balloon modelling outside Shaws from 1.30p.m. – 3p.m. Stephen, Jack and Andy will entertain the crowd from 1.30pm – 2.30p.m. with music and song. The local branch of Comhaltas will perform from 2.30pm until 3pm.
Route of Parade
The Parade, as in previous years, will assemble at the old Dublin Road from 2.30p.m. to commence at 3p.m., proceeding through Church Street, Castle Street, passing the review stand at the Square and then proceeding up Main Street.
When the parade has passed the Review Stand some of the parade participants will continue to entertain the parade spectators in the vicinity of the Review Stand
The Roscrea Parade is now one of the longest running Parades in the country having been initiated by the then Roscrea Junior Chamber on an extremely cold St. Patrick’s Day in 1979. Many of the country’s St. Patrick’s Day parades were organised by Town Councils, but as Roscrea had no Town Council, and thus as the parade has been organised from its inception by completely voluntary effort, it is very much a people’s parade. The Parade is being organised by R.C.D.C. The organising of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is an onerous task and Chairman Steve Crofton is joined again this year by Mary Heffernan – Secretary, Liam Shanahan - Treasurer, John Lupton and Mike Edwards – P.R.O.s with committee members Brendan Keeshan, Sean Delaney, Marie Tooher, Shane Lee and Councillor Michael Smith, who is currently Chairperson of the Thurles/Templemore Municipal Authority, of which Roscrea forms part. This year also there will be a parade reception for guests at which local clergy from the various denominations will carry out the traditional blessing of the Shamrock.
As the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is of major benefit to the traders of the town who are opened on St. Patrick’s Day, especially publicans, convenience shops and restaurants, these traders 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 increases and fund raising in these economic times, as all will appreciate, is more difficult.
Entry to the parade is voluntary donation and novelty items, vintage cars etc are particularly welcome. Anyone who seeks further information on the parade, the shop window competition or who wishes to enter a float in the parade should contact any member of the committee or Marie at the community office in the Abbey Hall - phone 0505 23183.
Chamber Calls On local Businesses To Support St Patrick’s Day Parade
Roscrea Chamber Of Commerce has had a number of requests from the Roscrea St Patrick’s Day Parade Committee to try and encourage more local businesses to support the St Patrick’s Day Parade.
The main support that the committee is looking for involves businesses entering a float etc and playing an active role in the parade. Unfortunately not many businesses have entered the parade in recent years and this is something that the parade committee would like to see changed. To help incentivise businesses into supporting the parade the organising committee are offering a prize of €200.00 for the best float.
The Chamber Of Commerce would urge local businesses to support the committee in any way that they can. In addition to the chance of winning the cash prize the Chamber is of the opinion that businesses that participate in the parade will gain substantially from the exposure that the parade offers. It is a great opportunity for local businesses to engage with customers on what is a very important day for the community and for families in particular each year.
If you can not actively participate in the parade you can still play a significant role in helping to ensure the success of the St Patrick’s Day Parade by making a voluntary donation to the organising committee. The cost of the Parade continues to grow each year so the committee is very dependent upon the support of the local community to ensure that Roscrea continues to enjoy a parade each year on the annual fest day.
The Chamber of Commerce wishes the parade committee every success on Tuesday next and thanks them most sincerely for all their hard work. Please show them your support. To do so please contact Marie Tooher in the Community Office, Abbey Hall (0505)23183 or email email@example.com. Please also encourage neighbouring businesses and your customers etc to support the parade.