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Hopes dashed for return of St Paddy's Day parade

A St Patrick's Day Parade in Tallaght has been ruled out yet again this year, despite the community's hopes for its return after a four-year absence.

A spokesperson for South Dublin County Council confirmed to the Herald that it would not take place. It was hoped, though, that a summer festival for the South Dublin suburb would go ahead.

County council chairman Cllr Mick Duff said the parade decision was "regrettable".

He added: "This is out of the council's hands. Before, it was handled by a voluntary committee but due to rising costs and insurance, it just wasn't possible."

However, Cllr Duff was hopeful that March 17 would be marked with activities at the Tallaght Stadium.

Willie Shiels, of the council's community department, dismissed suggestions that work-to-rule amongst council employees was responsible for the cancellation of the parade.

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has confirmed it will not be holding celebrations this year but Fingal County Council will stage a parade in Balbriggan.