New Ross plans St. Patrick’s Day

By Dan Walsh

Traditional New Ross has one of the most colourful and best attended St. Patrick’s Day Parade for a town of its size and – the good news – preparations are underway for this year’s parade on Friday, March 17th and they would love to get you involved!

Welcome to New Ross on St. Patrick’s Day. from the bronze statue of President John F. Kennedy with his outstretched hand of friendship.

“We are inviting all groups and organisations to get involved to make this one of our best parades yet!” says a statement on social media, which adds; “All groups, organisations and businesses are most welcome to participate. If any group is considering putting in a float but need extra assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.”

Now there is a bit of a disappointment for some supporters of the parade. Unfortunately due to health and safety restrictions the organising committee are not permitted to have any artic trucks, however, all smaller lorries up to a 30-feet rigid size are allowed.

This year a “quiet area” and extra disabled parking near the stage area is available, and businesses are encouraged to take part in the Shop Window Competition.

Volunteers are also sought and all assistance will be appreciated on the day.

The route will remain the same as previous years. Walking groups will assemble at the Good Counsel College and all floats are asked to meet in the Irishtown from the traffic lights back towards St. Stephen’s Cemetery

Application Forms must be completed by all participants to comply with insurance regulations and these will be available by email/ from Facebook or from the Tholsel. All enquiries to Anthony Connick 087 2338350 or Ollie Somers 087 2571841.

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