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Thurles St. Patrick’s Day Committee Launch 2023 Parade.

On Wednesday last, February 22nd, Thurles St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee officially launched details of this year’s town parade (2023), following a meeting held in the Thurles Chamber Enterprise Centre.

Pictured L-R: Pat Carey, Hugh Ryan, Jane Ryan, Julie Barrett, Helen Pollard (Sponsor Michael’s Jewellers, Westgate, Thurles.) Cllr. Peggy Ryan (Cathaoirleach Thurles Municipal District Council), Ciaran Callanan, Cllr. Seán Ryan and Sgt. John McCormack.

Mr Johnny Kenehan (Chairperson St. Patrick’s Day Committee) Reports: –

The Thurles St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee wish to announce the holding of a live parade on March 17th next, 2023, starting at 2.30pm in Liberty Square, in the town. This years parade follows a 3 year hiatus; caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The parade will assemble at Abbey Road, Thurles at 1.45pm at Jysk Store and leave at 2.15pm.

We, the committee invite entries from clubs, social organisations and schools, to participate in this live parade, and to take this opportunity to showcase, publicly, their various organisations and proud achievements, in this most public of settings.

“The Past, Present and Future”

The theme for this year’s parade is “The Past, Present and Future”, thus leaving those taking part, to come up with their own pivotal theme or interpretation of some other concept, whether real or imaginary.

Prizes

To mark the return of the 2023 Thurles Parade, the prize for the Best Overall Entry will be a whopping €1,000, with a trophy. There will be cash prizes and trophies also for 2nd Best and 3rd Best parade entries; with various other categories also receiving trophies, plus a Special Award of the Judges choosing.

To add to the festivities, there will be live music in the Square prior to the parade, with O’Donoghue’s Funfair in O’Meara’s Car Park, together with facepainting for smaller children. [So do come early!]

The committee are pledged to making this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade a success, so do keep in mind that it is the level of participation and the quality of entries that will make this years parade a success.

We ask that all shop fronts display a St. Patrick’s Day Theme the week, before the national day of celebration, greening up the town, bigger and brighter than ever before. To this end there will 2 prizes for Best Dressed Window [Best Traditional Window Display and Runner-Up].
Note: Judging in the Best Dressed Window category, for will take place the week prior to the main parade and a Trophy presentation will be held on Saturday March 18th at 3:00pm, in The Thurles Chamber Enterprise Centre, Jimmy Doyle Road, Thurles.

All entries can be made by sending details to these email addressesjohnnykenehan@hotmail.com or thurlespaddiesday@gmail.com.
It is hoped that all clubs, schools, organisations and businesses will be in a position to participate and we greatly look forward to hearing from you.

More information will forthcoming in the weeks ahead.

To date the committee would like to thank the following sponsors for their kind donations:

People of Upperchurch/Drombane, Moyne and ThurlesThomas Murphy & Sons Machinery LtdThurles.Info (website) Kam Bo Chinese RestaurantThurles Golf ClubMargaret SkehanMartin Shanahan TyresWilliam F. Gleeson SolicitorStakelums HardwareDinan TimberThurles Order of MaltaMoran’s MenswearRyans CleaningHanafin’s Furniture Store.

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