EGM on St. Patrick’s Day Parade Stewarding Shortage

St. Patrick's Day Parade 2016
A stewarding shortage is threatening the immediate future of Castleisland’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The issue is to be addressed at an EGM on Thursday, February 8th. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Though they haven’t classed it as such, an emergency general meeting is being called by the adhoc committee which organises the huge, annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade here in Castleisland.

The meeting will be held at the River Island Hotel next week on Thursday, February 8th at 8pm.

While everyone was having fun, even in the rain at last year’s parade, there was a crisis of stewarding waiting to happen.

Waiting in the Wings

Fortunately, no such crisis arose but it’s waiting in the wings. A nod being as good as a wink, the voluntary committee members are taking the advice from the local Garda station quite seriously.

The meeting is being called well in advance of the big day and the main concerns to be expressed there will be the lack of adequate levels of stewarding on March 17th – which is falling on a Saturday this year.

Undoubted Success

You could say that the Castleisland St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a victim of it own undoubted success.

Ever since is was first held in 1989 by Helen and Aeneas Leane is has been growing in stature and status.

The committe involved has put in Herculean efforts over the years and it would be a tragedy for the town to lose one of the biggest days on its calendar of events.

Involvement by Pubs & /Restaurants 

The committee would like to see a little more interest and involvement by the business community, especially from the pub and restaurant sector – as they’re the ones which benefit most from the event.

There are people who are good at stewarding and those who like being involved in that side of community events.

If you’re one of these people and if you know others of the same persuasion the meeting on Thursday February 8th at 8pm is the place for you / ye.


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