CLLR Hughie McGrath was praised at the March meeting of Nenagh Town Council for the work he and his committee did for this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade. In response, the Independent councillor said: “These things don’t just happen without the input of people. There is a great committee there that just doesn’t give up. Everyone stepped up and got involved.”
He thanked the town council’s staff for the help they gave the committee as well as the many sponsors.
However, Cllr McGrath said that the parade would not be a success without the support it receives from clubs and groups taking part and the spectators.
“If people didn’t show up we would have no parade. People are really getting into the spirit,” he said, singling out the Nenagh Players’ massive dragon that showcased the group’s 70th anniversary this year.
He also thanked St Malachy’s Accordion Band and the Friendship Band for taking part, saying he was “thrilled to have two bands from Northern Ireland”, and he would like to see them back again next year.
Mayor Lalor McGee said the town council was “100 per cent behind the parade”, and asked: “What is going to happen when we are abolished?”
Cllr Tom Moylan pointed out the implication was that funding may no longer be there as it may have to be divided among different groups and towns.
Cllr Conor Delaney said local businesses had “stepped up to the mark” by decorating their windows.
Cllr Seamus Morris told Cllr McGrath: “A few years ago you made the brave decision not to go to America. You showed incredible leadership. People have bought into it and thousands now come in to have a family day out.”
Cllr McGrath was also complimented by Cllr Tom Mulqueen and Cllr Virginia O’Dowd.