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Calls for Laois heritage and tourism sites to go green for St Patrick’s Day

Calls for heritage sites in Laois to go green for St Patrick's Day

A Laois County Councillor has called for heritage and tourism locations in Laois to turn green for St Patrick’s Day.

Fine Gael Councillor Mary Sweeney made the suggestion at Monday’s meeting of Laois County Council.

In recent years, places like The Rock of Dunamase and Laois County Council itself, have been lit up to mark our national day.

And Cllr Sweeney believes that doing it this year, in the absence of traditional festivities, could provide people with a boost.

She said: “I make this request to the Council and indeed to the various agencies each year and I think now more than ever it is critical that we add some colour to our lives on St Patrick’s Day in the same way that people went to great effort for the Christmas period and beyond.

“It is once again a good opportunity to showcase the best of what is available form a tourism and heritage perspective in the county for when tourists are allowed to return

“It will also provide a much-needed morale boost to the county.

“In addition to this motion, I am not aware of any virtual St Patricks Day parades as of yet but with no public St Patrick’s Day parades around the county is there some way of marking the day virtually?

“Could we promote the best of Laois, through music, song, dance and the Arts via our social media platforms?”

Cllr Sweeney’s proposal received widespread support from her fellow Councillors.

In reply, Administrative Officer Dom Reddin said: “We will liaise with the mentioned State Agencies and local Community Groups to endeavour to achieve such areas lit up in green.”

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