Pat to be Grand Marshall on St. Patrick’s Day

International race walker, Pat Murphy has been invited to take on the role of Castleisland St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshall. ©Photograph: John Reidy

While calling on the huge body of support from this and neighboring parishes the Castleisland St.Patrick’s Day Parade Committee has announced that international race walker, and Castleisland native, Pat Murphy will be Grand Marshall and will lead the town’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17th from 1pm.

On advice from the local garda station in the run-up to last year’s parade it was decided that the event had outgrown it traditional Tralee Road starting point. It was then decided, with the welcome support of the Castleisland Co-Op Mart, that its spacious and all accommodating yard would be used as a starting and finishing point. See Pat Hartnett’s report below.

By Pat Hartnett, Committee PRO

Following the recent meeting of the St Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and local Gardaí the following details were announced.

Thanks to the mart committee the parade will assemble in the mart yard again this year after last year’s successful experiment.

Please note that a one-way system will be in operation on the day. All participants, including machinery, will enter via Mart Lane / Convent Lane only and will assemble in the mart yard before the start.

35 Stewards Needed

The parade will make its way along towards the old library and turn left down Main Street around the Back-of-the-Forge and back up Main Street and turn right at the old library and back into the mart yard.

After that its out through mart lane on the one-way system. Unlike last year no one will be allowed back against the flow of traffic

We are looking for up to 35 stewards and again we are asking all the clubs in the locality to help us out here.

Help on the Day

The various pubs in town are being asked to provide stewards to help on the day and we are asking all of the above to provide us  with names and phone numbers as soon as possible please.

Stewards will meet at 10 -30 am for a safety briefing and will be asked to stay in their designate points until the parade is over.  High vis Safety jackets must be worn by all stewards.

Bunting Up On Sunday

The bunting will be put in place on Sunday 10th and again we are looking for stewards to help with the traffic on that morning. We will meet at J K O’Connor’s at 7-30am.

On St. Patrick’s Day

All participants are asked to assemble in the mart yard at 12-30pm at the latest. Tractors and low loaders are asked to be in place at 12 noon.

The parade will begin at 1pm sharp and will be led by the Cullen Pipe Band.

Street Music

There will be music on the stand on the Main Street and a really great day is being planned

Again if anyone wants to help on the day please contact: Charlie, Denny or Pat at your earliest convenience.

Anyone planning to take part in the parade itself is asked to contact Charlie Farrelly on: 087 20 56 150.

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