Lá Fhéile Pádraig – St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Thurles 2023.

Saint Patrick’s Day, for the few who are as yet unaware, is a religious and cultural holiday held annually on March 17th, the traditional death date of St. Patrick, latter Ireland’s foremost patron saint.

Using the theme “The Past, Present and Future”, the Thurles and District St. Patricks Day Parade, 2023, took place today, March 17th, in warm Spring sunshine [14° C].
The Thurles St. Patrick’s Day festival links with the many other villages, towns and cities around Ireland, in assisting to highlight our global culture; same a culture that unites us through our distinctive music, traditions, storytelling, sport and nature.

Today’s event saw, possibly, the largest turnout of spectators, many of whom were from foreign countries, and many togged out displaying festive green and gold.

Picture: One patriotic young lady, just returned from the hairdressers; about to get dressed up for today’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.

The parade began sharp at 2.15pm, with Liberty Square closed off from traffic at the Slievenamon Road junction from 2:00pm, and with diversions in place preventing no entry unto the eastern side of Liberty Square.

The ‘Reviewing Stand’, this year for the first time was positioned outside McMahon’s Shoe Emporium and Heyday Coffee House on Liberty Square’s north side (Sunny Side).

A huge ‘Thank You‘ to Mr Johnny Kenehan (Chairperson St. Patrick’s Day Committee) and his organising committee members.

A big ‘Thank You’, also, to the many parade sponsors, which included: The People of Upperchurch/Drombane; Borrisoleigh; Moyne and Thurles, Grace Fashions, O’Dwyer Transport, Anner Hotel, Vale Oil Co., Sklep Polski Jelonek, Flynns Childrenswear, Tim Looby Accountants, Q Mobile, Golden Nails, Inga Mikelsone, Jennings Opticians, The Tipperary Star, Thomas Murphy & Sons Machinery Ltd, Kam Bo Chinese Restaurant, Thurles Information (Website), Thurles Golf Club, Margaret Skehan, Martin Shanahan Tyres, William F. Gleeson Solicitor, Stakelums Hardware, Dinans Timber, The Thurles Order of Malta, Moran’s Menswear, Ryans Cleaning, Seamus Hanafin Furniture, Michael’s Jewellers, Supermacs, Thurles Shopping Centre and BC IT, to name but a few.

A video of today’s event will be published tomorrow, here on Thurles.Info, so do tune in.


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