Johnny O’ Connor and Sean O’ Brien have been chosen by the Parade Committee to be Joint Grand Marshalls for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This is the 40 th Anniversary of the founding of the Parade and both Johnny and Sean are the two remaining members of the original Parade committee.
“The Committee unanimously agreed to ask both Johnny and Sean to be Joint Grand
Marshalls this year as we celebrate the 40 th Anniversary of the founding of the Parade.
They are the two remaining members of the first Committee and they have given a lot to
build the Parade into the largest Parade in the Midlands. Many new members have come
on board over the years and the Parade is now very well established to continue for many
years to come. Both Johnny and Sean have given so much of their time and talents to the
organisation of the Parade and the Committee are delighted that they will be Joint Grand
Marshalls for this special year”
states Martin O’ Connor, Parade Treasurer.
“We are delighted to announce that Dave Lawlor, Tullamore’s talented and well known
singer, will sing Amhran Na Bhfiann before the Parade starts. With the Tullamore Camogie
Club celebrating their 50 th Anniversary, the Army Band Athlone performing and celebrating
their 100 th Anniversary, Tullamore Credit Union celebrating a 60 th Anniversary and ourselves
celebrating a 40 th Anniversary, it promises to be a really special Parade this year”
states Sean O’ Brien, Parade Secretary.
The Parade takes place on Friday 17 March, starting at 11.30 a.m.
The Assembly Point is the Car Park of the Bridge Centre, large vehicles will assemble in Kilcruttin and opposite the
Courthouse in Cormac St.
All entries are requested not to leave the Parade before the finishing point at the GAA Center on the Arden Road.
PRE PARADE ENTERTAINMENT
Entertainment will be provided at the Review Stand outside Texas Store from 10.45 on the morning of the Parade so come early to get a good viewing spot and enjoy the entertainment.
The Theme this year is “Tidy Towns-Our Community Effort. Is Feidir Linn Le Cheile”. The efforts of the Tidy Towns Committee in Tullamore add greatly to our town and with a little more effort from the whole community Tullamore can win a major National Award. We are asking all entries to reflect the theme in their entry. Face painting takes place outside the front entrance to the Bridge Centre and outside the
Bank of Ireland and this is free. Groups can still enter the Parade, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Website is www.stpatricksdaytullamore.com (you are here now)
BEST WINDOW DISPLAY
Businesses are reminded that there is a special prize for the Best Window Display and already many windows have been beautifully decorated. Judging for this takes place during St. Patrick’s Week.
Dog owners are very welcome to walk with their pets in the Parade are there are prizes for the Best Dressed Dogs, don’t forget your pooper scooper !
RESERVED AREA for WHEELCHAIR USERS & SENIORS
There will be a special reserved area for wheelchair users and elderly persons opposite the Review Stand.
Contacts for the Parade are Sean O’ Brien 086 3892854; Johnny O’ Connor 087 2602487; Martin O’ Connor 083 1017012; Frankie O’ Reilly 087 2287550