The countdown is on to the St. Patrick's Day parades
NO LESS THAN four marching bands will be on the streets of Enniscorthy as the town prepares to celebrate the national holiday in noisy style. All marchers are asked to be ready to leave St. Senan's church on The Shannon well before the 3 p.m. advertised start time, while floats should assemble in an orderly line along the main Wexford road.
The route for those on foot behind the Army reserve colour party will bring everyone along Templeshannon Quay, across Seamus Rafter Bridge, past the review stand in Abbey Square, left to Mill Park Road past the Post Office, first right up Friary Hill and right along Court Street, Rafter Street, up Weafer Street, across Pig Market Hill, down Cathedral Street through Market Square and Castle Hill to the Quays. The floats will follow a longer route via Arnold's Cross.
The list of bands comprises Northfield Caledonia Pipes & Drums from Birmingham, the Ballindaggin Pipe Band, St Patrick's Fife & Drum Band from Castlebridge and Campile Pipe Band. The marching should be over by 4.30 p.m. when the prize presentation will be held in Market Square.
All participants in the Bunclody St. Patrick's Day parade are requested to gather at the Millrace Hotel at 10 a.m. primed to depart at 10.30 a.m. for a march down the The Mall to Ryland Road and back again. The hard working Ballindaggin Pipe Band will be to the fore, while a Saint Patrick stand-in will be participating, along with Eileen Aroon queen Leann Moulton. The review stand will be in Market Square where the Kilmyshall set dancers and the local zumba class will provide entertainment on the street.
More than 60 businesses and at least 20 voluntary organisations have been lined up to take part in the 2012 Clonroche Saint Patrick's Day parade. The parade is expected to be one of the biggest seen in the village, which is already flags and bunting already erected while shopkeepers are busy installing their displays. All participants are directed to assemble at 1 p.m. ready to reach the village centre at around 2 p.m.