Monday 25 March 2019

St Patrick's Day parade packed with panto fun!

Parade chairperson Cllr Anthony Connick (centre) with grand marshals Tom Doyle and Martin Waters.
Parade chairperson Cllr Anthony Connick (centre) with grand marshals Tom Doyle and Martin Waters.
New Ross St Patrick’s Day parade committee, front row: Rosemary Whelan and Annette Hayes; Back row: Tom Doyle, Ollie Somers, Victor Furness and chairperson Cllr Anthony Connick.

David Looby

With less than two weeks to go to St Patrick's Day, preparations are well under way to make the 2019 parade one of the biggest yet.

The theme for this year's parade is 'New Ross - 100 years of panto'.

Two grand marshals have been chosen, namely Tom Doyle, who performed on St Michael's Theatre stage in the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and Noughties and Martin Waters, who took to the stage with Tom 50 years ago in Old Mother Hubbard, a panto which has not been performed since, and was a key member of the group for several decades.

Tom and Martin said: 'As New Ross men we both feel very honoured to have been chosen to be grand marshals for the parade in our hometown.'

Both men are past presidents of the pantomime society, while Tom was a founder member of the latest incarnation of the society in 1979, 40 years ago this year.

Both Tom and Martin were in the committee up until recent times and contributed greatly to New Ross Pantomime Society over the years.

Tom and Martin said they cannot wait to walk in the St Patrick's Day parade.

The parade will commence at 2 p.m. from the Irishtown and will conclude on the quay just after the visitor centre at the Dunbrody. It will start as usual in Irishtown this year and will take the traditional route down through the town. All walking groups are asked to begin assembling in Good Counsel College from 1 p.m., while floats are asked to go to the lights in the Irishtown and assemble back towards St. Stephen's Cemetery.

The theme of the St Patrick's Day Parade for 2019 is 'New Ross - 100 years of panto'. New Ross Municipal District Council is providing €5,000 towards the parade costs and €3,000 in staff resourcing. Parade committee spokeswoman Annette Larkin said: 'We are excited to be working alongside New Ross Pantomime Society who are celebrating 100 years in existence in New Ross. We are encouraging as many groups as possible to get out on March 17 to help celebrate this massive milestone as well as having fun on St Patrick's Day.'

Application forms or more information can be found by contacting Anthony Connick on 087 2338350 or Ollie Somers on 087 2571841.

New Ross Standard