Canvassing and Political Leaflet Distribution Ban for Castleisland on St. Patrick’s Day

Members of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Street Decorators were out hanging a patriotic ceiling over Castleisland’s Main Street early on Sunday morning. Included are, front from left: Pat Hartnett, Seán Walsh, John Horan, Bill Reidy and Tom O’Sullivan. Back from left: Martin Conway, Cllr. Charlie Farrelly, Willie Reidy and Ted Kenny. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Dedication to the cause of St. Patrick and to his feast day has never been in question since the late Helen Hussey-Leane put the first parading boots on the ground in Castleisland in 1989.

The tradition is still in the full of its health and, a solid week before the 2024 parade, members of the street decorating gang under their chairman Cllr. Charlie Farrelly were out in force at the crack of a freezing cold dawn on Sunday morning with flags and bunting in preparation.

Meetings with interested parties have been held and the annul call for volunteers has been made as the big day approaches.

All Hands On Deck

The annual call for stewarding volunteers is still a live issue as safety at events of this nature and size demands that all hands are on deck with traffic management and providing directions.

And former world mountain running champion John Lenihan has been asked to take on the role of grand marshall.

I know that sounds woefully American and maybe we could find a focal or two as Gaeilge for it before next year and it i lár Seachtain na Gaeilge and all.

No Canvassing – In the Name of St. Patrick

Interestingly, and because we’re on the run in to local elections in early June, all canvassing or political leaflet distribution activity has been prohibited for the duration of the day in honour of Ireland’s patron saint.

This is a day in honour of St. Patrick and the organisers are asking all local election candidates declared to date to refrain from any and all political activity in the town on the day.

Starting at 1:30pm at The Mart

This year’s parade will set out from the Castleisland Co-Op Mart yard at 1:30pm with the gathering time of no later that 1pm through a one-way in and out system. That’s where the stewarding comes into play.

The parade will again be led by the stirring strains of the Cullen Pipe Band and there will be live music on the street from 12noon.

The Joe Dolan Tribute specialist Paschal Brennan will entertain the gathering crowds from mid-day until the parade begins to roll.

There’s a vague promise of a fine day for the parade and an assurance that it ill be a good one if the recent years’ events are anything to go by.

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