Singer-songwriter Robert Grace will be the grand marshal of the Craig parade

All roads lead to Graiguenamanagh on this St. Patrick’s Day as the town’s first parade since 2019 makes a resounding return.

Parade organizer Kyra Doyle said preparations for the parade are nearly complete and large crowds are expected to flock to the city tomorrow (Thursday) to enjoy the show which begins at 11.30am.

“Everything is really falling into place now. It’s fantastic to see the community come together again after a two-year hiatus. When we approached people about reviving the parade and participating in it, they were all excited. to get on board. I think everyone is happy to see some level of normalcy coming back to the city after the last two years, which have been very difficult for people.

However, there is a downside since the organizing committee could not secure the services of a pipe band for the day.

“We must have tried every pipe band in the country at this point,” Kyra said, “but we haven’t managed to get one yet. However, our own Graiguenamanagh Brass Band will be performing outside the Duiske Inn tomorrow, there so will have music for people to enjoy.

Singer-songwriter and Graiguenamanagh native Robert Grace will lead the parade. Robert is best known for his hits such as Fake Fine and The Hurt You Gave Me is sure to be a big attraction from afar.

Hosts for the day will be husband and wife duo, Denis and Olivia Staunton, who are well known throughout the district for their Funky Kids workshops.

The viewing booth will be located on Lower Main Street at the Duiske Inn and Supervalu and will feature a number of local dignitaries.

Daily prizes will be awarded for the best walking group; Better window display; Better community spirited and more entertaining show. Floats will congregate on Borris Road while marching groups are invited to congregate at the Fairgreen ahead of the parade.

The route will go from the Fairgreen, along the main street over the bridge to Tinnahinch. Kyra said the weather was the only uncertainty for the parade’s success, but hopes are high that the day will dawn clear and dry.

After the parade on Sunday, March 20, at 3 p.m., there will be a ball race on the Vieille Route. Balls for this fundraiser are currently on sale for €5 and are available from local businesses and at the Barrow Valley Activity Centre. They will also be on sale during the parade. The first prize sponsored by Gowran Park is €250, the second prize, sponsored by Michael Lyng Motors is €100 while the third prize is €50. Any excess proceeds will be donated to the Irish Red Cross Ukraine Fund.

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