Saturday 19 October 2019

Thousands attend parade in Wicklow

Fainche, Patsy & Diarmuid Stone
Fainche, Patsy & Diarmuid Stone
Peadar Shortt aboard Rosie.
St Patrick’s GAA Club bring a sea of blue to the St Patrick’s Day parade in Wicklow town

Myles Buchanan

Close to 10,000 people attended the St Patrick's Day parade in Wicklow town with plenty already lining the streets well in advance of Sunday's 3.15 p.m. start-time.

The parade started at Whitegates and wound its way through Wicklow before finishing in front of the Review Stand located in Market Square.

'Carnival' was the theme of this year's parade, with a Colour Party provided by the Post 21 UN Veterans only adding to the atmosphere.

'It was one of the best parades in years,' said Garrett O'Reilly of the St Patrick's Day Parade Committee. 'It's estimated that close to 10,000 people attended. We had 1,000 participants so it was a really big parade this year. We would especially like to extend a thanks to all the volunteers who helped out as stewards. 'A particularly big thanks goes out to those staying in the direct provision centre in the Grand Hotel. They were a great help and we would have really struggled without them on the day.'

'Also thanks to Joan Sinnott, District Administrator for Wicklow Municipal District, for all her assistance. It really was much appreciated.'

St Patrick's GAA Club, Rathnew Men's Shed and Gaelscoil Chill Mhantáin were among the winners in the awards for float entries and parade participants.

Wardrobe and Heels was the winner of the best shop display and the award for best marching band was presented to members of the Eichenzell Brass Band.

Local historian Stan J O'Reilly was the popular choice as parade Grand Marshall. H9is fellow Wicklow Historical Society member John Finlay was selected as the Grand Marshal for the 2013 parade.

A minutes silence was also held for the late Captain Ray Tumulty who passed away last year and was Grand Marshall for the 2017 parade. He also attended other parades as part of the Post 21 UN Veterans Colour Party.

Wicklow People