Templemore town is in vibrant mood as it gears itself for the 38th Annual St Patrick’s Day Parade. Numerous organisations throughout the area are busy preparing and decorating their floats, in an effort to win the €1000 first prize or even win one of the many other runner up prizes, from a total fund of €2000. The parade will be led as usual by a Colour Party from the local RDF HQ Battery followed by the Thomas McDonagh Pipe Band who are just back from leading the London parade on Sunday last. They were great ambassadors for our town and tremendous credit is due to them leading one of the largest parades in the world. It is a tremendous honour for both the Band and the town, as the respect they have gained both far and wide is well merited.
Numerous other schools and voluntary groups are also taking part in what again promises to the biggest parade in North Tipperary. This year there are many off street events taking place to provide a great day out for all comers and especially for the family. Once again we are delighted to welcome delegations from our Twin Towns of Prémilhat and Potenza Picena, who this year will be joined by some of the Students from Lycee St Vincent, who are on work experience in various business premises in the town.
The Parade will form up at the usual point on the Thurles Road at 12 noon and will move off at 12.30pm sharp, parading down through Richmond, into Patrick Street, and on to the reviewing stand, at the Town Hall, in Main Street, where it will be reviewed by the Mayor, Councillors, Oireachtas Members as well as many visiting dignitaries.
The Annual Blessing of the Shamrock ceremony will take place in the Templemore Arms Hotel at 9pm on Wednesday night 16th March where the Grand Marshall, for 2011, Mrs Nancy Treacy wiil present the shamrock to the parade organising committee prior to the Blessing. Before this ceremony, at 8pm, Templemore Town Council will launch its book in the occasion of its foundation over 150 years ago. The book with over 380 pages, features Minutes Orders, Decisions, and many photographs, giving a graphic and detailed account of the workings of the Town Council over the past one hundred and fifty years. A specially struck medal will be presented to former and current Councillors as a token of their service to Templemore.
As usual a great night of music song and dance will take place between the ceremonies and also after the official events conclude. We have the renowned Corca Téine group from Our Lady’s School to play some of the tracks from their recent CD, and also the ballad group from JK Brackens who are contesting the Munster Final of Scór, as well as many other local individuals to provide a great nights entertainment. So do come along as all events are open to the public, and enjoy the atmosphere of another great St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival, in Templemore.
We look forward to meeting you