The Gathering Calendar got off to a fine start last weekend with the festivities surrounding the St Patrick’s Weekend. The traditional Blessing of the Shamrock took place at the Templemore Arms Hotel on Saturday March 16th. This was a lovely ceremony attended by many representatives of groups /societies in the community.
Members of Thomas McDonagh Pipe Band piped in the outgoing Grand Marshal of the parade Tom Cullagh, who graciously handed the Parade Sash to this year’s Grand Marshal Michael McCullagh. Also in attendance were visitors from our twin towns in Italy and France, Garda Representative and members of the clergy who performed the Blessing. Michael O’Brien spoke on behalf of the Patrick’s Day Committee, and Martin Grey represented the Traders of the town. Our Town Mayor Michael Ryan welcomed all to the “Gathering” and officially launched the leaflet “Templemore Welcomes You” The leaflet contains a brief description and some nice pictures of Templemore as well as an account of what’s happening during 2013.
We would now ask everybody to pick up a leaflet which you can see in outlets around the town and send to somebody you know in this country or abroad inviting them to come and visit Templemore during 2013.
The Templemore Arms was packed to capacity on that Saturday night as the County Scor finals were taking place. Many of those present took home some leaflets and assured us they would be back for some of the festivities during the year.
We again ask if anybody has a room to rent during the year to contact Michael at 086-0782306.
Next on the Gathering agenda is Crown The Town during the month of April – an effort in which everybody in the community is asked to play a part. - Tidy up, Clean-up, and Paint-up your own space.