Greystones is to have its first St Patrick’s Day parade since 2019 and its first since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
Confirming the news, local councillor Gerry Walsh said he and a group of volunteers were still in the process of putting a committee together to organise and run the parade but that the early public response had been very positive.
“I can confirm the parade is going ahead, we are in the process of putting a committee together of which I will be the chair. We had our inaugural meeting last week and the response was very good, very encouraging,” said Cllr Walsh.
With the parade now confirmed, Cllr Walsh urged everyone within the local Greystones community to get behind it in whatever way they could.
“We really hope to get the support of the local community groups and clubs now, and that the businesses will get behind us too,” he said.
“We’ll require stewards and health and safety offices but I’m satisfied there’s enough interest and enough people willing to get involved.”
As March fast approaches, Cllr Walsh is mindful that time of the essence in putting everything together and said more meetings are planned in the weeks ahead to finalise the details.
“We’re getting a core group of people together at the moment and it will be organised in conjunction with the municipal district. Hopefully it will be a successful event, it’s the first parade we will have had since the pandemic since 2019 and even since then the population of Greystones has increased, we have a lot of new residents so, for them, it will be their first parade.”
Cllr Walsh has asked those interested in volunteering for this year’s parade to contact him on 085 863 9848 or email@example.com