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St. Patrick’s Day Thurles Programme of Events

With the St. Patrick’s Day festival season so close to hand here in Thurles, hereunder find just a snippet of some of the planned ‘Programme of Events,’ in association with our town parade, taking place on Bank Holiday Monday March 18th.

A Brief Reminder Of Last Years Parade – Were you there?

Plans For Monday 18th March 2013;

  1. From 2.00pm in Liberty Square:- Free open air concert with ‘Dermot Lyons.’
  2. From 1.30pm to 5.00pm in Liberty Square:- Agri-Aware Mobile Farm Unit. Same can be found outside the Ursuline Primary School.
  3. Mitchel House Restaurant:- Same will roast a pig on a spit in Liberty Square, for all to taste.
  4. At 2.45pm Parade Commences in Castlemeadows. (Note: Walking groups in Thurles Dog Track, Floats & vehicles in Semple Stadium and vintage vehicles in Thurles L.I.T.)
  5. From 2.30pm to 5.00pm:- A 50c ‘Bucket Collection.’ *
  6. From 4.45pm:- The annual presentation of Prizes in Liberty Square.

The Parade, which this year has a prize fund of over €3,000, will feature:-

  • Seven Marching Bands.
  • Viking re-enactment group.
  • Roman Army re-enactment group.
  • Themed Commercial entries.
  • A Mobile Farm Unit (Agri-Aware).
  • Medals for all children taking part.
  • Participation by five Schools.
  • Floats. (** Note: Large Floats will receive a grant of up to €250 to assist in float preparation.)
  • Local Sports Groups.
  • Walking Groups.

Traffic should avoid Castlemeadows and Parnell Street between 1.30pm and 4.00pm. No parking in Parnell Street between those times. Parking restrictions will be in operation in Liberty Square from 11.00am until 5.00pm. Traffic should avoid Liberty Square between 2.30pm and 5.00pm, as traffic restrictions will be in operation.

A reminder to Businesses in Thurles: From Monday last 12th – Monday next 18th, judging for prizes for best dressed window and for best traditional window.

* Everyone is asked to donate 50cents. (No Coppers Please.)   Stewards are also needed to help out with traffic and crowd control
**  The grant of €250 will help local community groups, sporting groups, schools etc. towards the cost of preparing a float for the parade and thus assist in encourage greater participation in the parade.

Info: For further information contact Mr Tom Gleeson TEL: 087-9732837.

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