St. Patrick’s Day Parade to Start from Mart Yard

St. Patrick's Day Parade 2017

An accident waiting to happen was the official assessment of Tralee Road as the starting point for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Castleisland. ©Photograph: John Reidy 17-3-2017

The scheduled meeting of Castleisland’s St Patrick’s Day Parade ad-hoc committee took place in the River Island Hotel on Thursday night, February 8th.

The meeting included valued safety advice from Garda Sergeant John O’Mahony and a welcome increase of members of the public and business people from the town.

It was decided that this year with health and safety and insurance being the priority that all groups and organisations taking part will assemble on the grounds of Castleisland Co-Op Mart.

Move from Tralee Road

The move from the traditional Tralee Road starting point means that a number of new safety measures and one-way routes can be put in place for the day.

Creamery Lane / Convent Street will be one-way from Main Street and all participants will head towards the mart grounds this way.

An elevated view of vastness of the Castleisland Co-Op Mart yard at the start of the Eamon Carey Memorial Tractor/Truck Run. Next month's St.Patrick's Day Parade will start from there with a 12:30pm gathering time.  ©Photograph: John Reidy 8-10-2017

An elevated view of vastness of the Castleisland Co-Op Mart yard at the start of the Eamon Carey Memorial Tractor/Truck Run last October. Next month’s St.Patrick’s Day Parade will start from there with a 12:30pm gathering time.
©Photograph: John Reidy 8-10-2017

All taking part will proceed to their designated starting point which will be clearly laid out on the mart yard.

The starting point will be the road leading from the mart on to the old library where the parade will turn left and head down Main Street.

Tour of the Town

The parade will go through the town and around J.K. O’Connor’s and the Back of the Forge and head up to the top of the town to the old library and finish back at the mart yard.

Church Street and Barrack Street will be one way and traffic coming from Scartaglen will turn left at Garvey’s SuperValu.

The ‘gig-rig’ will be located in front of Tom Mc Carthy’s Bar.

The committee has asked all bars and clubs in the area to provide at least three stewards. Over 30 volunteers will be needed to ensure a safe, successful and accident free couple of hours.

Contact Number for Stewards

As the parade is increasing in numbers with each passing year, the co operation of the public is essential and support is earnestly requested.

All intending participants are asked to be at the starting point by the latest time of 12:30pm. on the day .

All stewards are asked to contact Ted Kenny, at 087 28 42 899 along with your contact number as soon as possible.

Another meeting will be held in two weeks time and this will also be open to the public on Thursday night March 1st at the River Island Hotel.

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