Mayor O'Connor launches St Patrick's day 'gathering' parade
Mayor of Mallow and chairman of the Saint Patrick's Day Parade, Cllr Noel O'Connor announced this week that the annual celebrations on March 17 this year will be called the Saint Patrick's Day 'Gathering' Parade.
Mayor O'Connor continued by saying it is expected that there will be many visitors to Mallow for Saint Patrick's Day Weekend this year and he is presently sending out a special welcome to Mallow to all the sons and daughters of Mallow now living abroad to take up this offer to return to the town and come and celebrate their Mallow Heritage by being present for this Saint Patrick's Day Parade 'Gathering' Parade
A special reception for returning Mallow emigrants will be held in the Town Hall at 1pm on Saint Patricks Day where a welcome home Special Visitors Book will be signed by those returning to visit Mallow on this week end to recognise their return.
If those returning wish to participate in the Parade as a Group then the Committee will make arrangements for this.
The fact that Saint Patrick's Day falls on a Sunday this year is a real encouragement for people intending to come home at this time because the Monday is a work day holiday in Ireland.
In Mallow there will be informal 'gatherings' in the homes and restaraunts after the parade. Secretary of the Organising Committee, Ms. Maire Ui Bhriain, said she was delighted that the Committee has already received confirmation from the Thomas Davis Pipe Band, who will lead the Parade, and also from the Blarney Brass and Reed Band while she encourages participating groups to adapt the floats to the Gathering Theme.
It is important that groups intending to participate in the Parade should register by contacting any member of the committee. Treasurer Hanna Sheahan, thanked the sponsors of the parade and said it is a great day out for the family and in the last few years it has grown to be a major event in Mallow. The parade will assemble at the Park Road at 2pm and will progress towards the town centre at 2.30pm.