The superb St Patrick’s Day Parade in Thurles was held on Sunday 18th March and with weather conditions on the day excellent this led to a great atmosphere in Liberty Square throughout the time.
A total of 900 medals and over E3,000 in cash and prizes were handed out on the day with an estimated 6,000 in attendance along the streets and Liberty Square.
Congratulations are extended to all those who took part in this year’s parade and with some wonderful floats on display, it certainly showed that many hours of hard work went into preparations for the event.
Thanks also go to the members of Thurles Town Council, council staff, the Gardai, stewards and anyone else who helped out to make this parade the biggest and best parade yet for Thurles. This committee has been working hard since November 2011 raising funds and getting entries for the parade. and, on the day Parade Secretary Thomas Gleeson announced that this would be his last parade. Great credit is due to Thomas for his huge dedication and commitment to the St Patrick’s Day Parade over the last thirteen years - the people of Thurles and the surrounding areas owe his a great debt of gratitude.
Street entertainment commenced in Liberty Square at 2pm with music by ‘Philip English & his Band’. This band is one of the finest Country & Irish bands in the country at this time.
The mobile farm unit, which was situated outside the Ursuline Primary School, proved to be very popular with all of the young people and scores came to see how it was put together and a farm works.
Entertainment was also provided by the street entertainers:- Corvenieo Entertainment (Garda Giggles & Shreck), The Wobbly Circus, Face Painters and the Balloon Modeler. These all proved to be a great success with the huge crowd that assembled in Liberty Square to watch the parade.
The committee wishes to thank the many business people, clubs, schools and organisations for their generous sponsorship of the parade. A total of 8 bands took part, along with a number of excellent floats, walking groups and vintage cars and tractors. A total of over 60 entries took part in a most enjoyable parade which had great variety and a sense of fun. There were three Pipe Bands, two Brass Bands, Thurles Silver Band on a float and two school bands The overall winner of the parade was Knockavilla School with ‘Paddy Fish’. The cup for the Best Marching band went to Banna Cluain Meala. Winner of the best float was the Rosegreen Players and the best school entry was Upperchurch National School
Overall Winner Knockavilla NS
Best Float Rosegreen Players
Runner Up Best Float Darmodys Pub Littleton
Best Marching Band Banna Cluain Meala
Best School Entry Upperchurch NS
Best Walking Group Thurles Guide Guides & Brownies
Best Small Float Ballycahill NS
Best Industrial or
Martin Shanahan Tyres
Best Old Time or Traditional
Best Local Club Thurles Rugby Club
Best Fancy Dress or Costume
Dwans Theatre School
Best Dressed Window Bits & Bobs
Best Window Runners Up
Sheppards Opticians & First Edition
Best Traditional Window
St. Vincent de Paul Shop
Window Runner Up
Hugh Ryan Chemist
Other prize winners were:-
Shrek & Fiona, Save our School, Lamha Beaga Playschool, Gaelscoil Durlas, Thurles Town Shopping Centre; Legion Ireland, Fingal Living History Society, Thurles Silver Band and Blarney Brass & Reed Band.
The committee wishes to thank the following for their sponsorship:- The Arch Bar; Jim Ryan Property & Financial Ltd.; Dunnes Stores Thurles; The Club for Dancing; Ursuline Secondary School; Thurles Vintners; Liberty Pharmacy; Unique Hair Design; Ursuline Primary School; Bookworm; Paddy & Eileen Barry. The committee would also like to thank the following for their donations or assistance:- The Source Theatre; The Mona Lisa Takeaway; Thurles I.C.A.; The Track Hot Rod Club Thurles; Supermacs; Thurles Greyhound Track; Jim McSherry Jewellers; John M Gleeson Auctioneers; Richard Quirke and Parkers Restaurant.
The parade in 2013 will be scheduled for Monday 18th March.