Over 30 groups to participate in St Patrick’s Day Parade

by Padraig Conlon

This year’s Clondalkin St Patrick’s Day parade is set to showcase everything that’s great about the town.

Festival organiser and Clondalkin councillor Francis Timmons says the local community can expect another unforgettable day of craic agus ceoil.

“The committee have been working hard to build this year’s parade into the biggest yet, 33 groups have signed up so far,” he told Dublin Gazette.

“This year Dolcáin’s Cellar Open Mic group will perform from 1.30 to 2.30 outside Clondalkin council offices which is a welcome addition to the parade.

“Clondalkin Youth Band are again in the parade along with vintage cars, dance groups and Emerald Garrison so there is something for everyone.

“We have K & G Funfair in Tuthils & Gunpowder Carparks so there will be a lot more rides and much more fun.

“Following on from Mary Kennedy, Colm Gavin and Mary Dardis, we have not one but two Grand Marshalls in Gemma and Philip Carr, who the public voted as their top choice.

“The Carrs, who represent everything that is great about Clondalkin, are looking forward to arriving in a horse and carriage thanks to Masseys.

“This is the fifth parade since 2014, and we are delighted that events like this showcase all that is good and positive about Clondalkin.

“Each person makes it a great day by their contribution, we have a brilliant village here in Clondalkin and a great town, for Ceol agus Craic there is no better place to be on St Patrick’s Day, than Cluain Dolcáin.

“We want people to enjoy Lá Fhéile Pádraig and also celebrate all the great sporting groups, dancing groups, Karate groups etc, in our area and to enjoy the entertainment from Clondalkin Youth Band and St Joseph’s Pipe band, two world class local Clondalkin bands.”

Clondalkin Youth Band, who are Ireland’s largest marching band, have won many prestigious awards at home and abroad and are greatly sought-after for festivals here and throughout Europe.

They are set for a busy of couple of days, following the Clondalkin Parade the band will perform at the Limerick International March Band Festival on Monday, March 18.

“There is something for everyone young and old,” said Cllr Timmons.

“Let’s celebrate all that is great about Clondalkin.

“I look forward to another great parade in Cluain Dolcain to celebrate La Fheile Padraig.’’

The festival starts at 2.30pm on Sunday, March 17, at the stage area at Tuthills car park.

For the road traffic plan and a list of parade participants visit clondalkinfestival.ie

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