Boxing star Christina to lead Macroom parade


Published 13/03/2014 | 05:26

Cork Youth Supreme Sports Star of the Yaar Christina Desmond

WORLD Silver medallist Christina Desmond, pictured, will be the Grand Marshal of this year's St Patrick's Day Parade in Macroom.

WORLD Silver medallist Christina Desmond, pictured, will be the Grand Marshal of this year's St Patrick's Day Parade in Macroom.

The parade, which gets under way at 3pm promises a musical affair, with Philadelphia Woodland String Band, Cor Godre'r Aran (Welsh Male Voice Choir), Ballingeary Pipe Band, Cullen Pipe Band, Bandon And District Pipe Band and St. Colman's N.S. Brass Band all taking part.

The parade will be the centrepiece of a day of activity in the town. There will be Mass in Irish at 10:30am, followed by an International Mass at noon. A Family Treasure Hunt supported by McCarthy's Newsagents will start at the newsagents at 12:30am and Gerry McCarthy will play a concert from the reviewing platform at 2pm.

At 2:45pm the O'Sullivan School of Dance will warm up the crowd with a dancing exhibition ahead of the parade which takes place at 3pm.

Afterwards the famous Tony Moroney Magic Show keeps festivities going in the Square at 5pm while at the same time a Feis supported by the O'Sullivan School of Dance will entertain crowds in the Community Leisure Centre.

The Pot Belly Folk Group will bring the day to a close in Dan Buckley's Bar, Castle Hotel at 9pm.

There will be no parking on the Main Street from 8.30 a.m. on St. Patrick's Day and no through traffic from 2.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Diversions will apply and off-street parking is available at the Mart, Fair Green Car Park, at the Bridge and Castle Grounds.Motorists are advised to be in Macroom no later than 2 p.m. to avail of easy access to car parks. A tow truck will be in operation from 1.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.

Mayor of Macroom Cllr Ted Lucey said the town's parade is "one of the most popular in Munster."

"I would like to welcome our international visitors, including the Woodland String Band from Philadelphia in the USA and Cor Godre'r Aran who are returning after their visit in 2006 and also the many Macrompians who return home for the national feast day," he said.

"Over the years our parade has gone from strength to strength and this year's event promises to be a memorable one with lots of entertainment and family activities.

With the abolition of the Town Council, I do hope that we will be able to secure funding from the new Municipal Council to continue the tradition of Saint Patrick's Day festival in Macroom," Cllr Lucey said.

Cllr Lucey also encouraged the to participate in the many events that have been organised, and to support the local sponsors of the parade.


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