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Mountrath Goes Green – Laois town confirms theme of this year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade

Mountrath Parade

The Laois town of Mountrath have confirmed the theme of their St Patrick’s Day Parade – and it is all about recycling.

‘MOUNTRATH GOES GREEN : USE – RECYCLE – RECREATE’ is the name of this year’s annual festivities on March 17.

The St Patrick’s Day Parade has been a much loved tradition since 1973 and this year’s event will be a jam packed day for the enjoyment of all.

Highly revered for its iconic and original floats, marching bands, grand marshalls, school mascots, community groups, sporting bodies, schools, vintage groups and businesses – combined with a variety of entertainment – Mountrath is one of the last traditional parades.

The organising committee made a unanimous decision on this year’s theme to help in highlighting the important role that communities can play with the urgent action required for Climate Change and our responsibilities towards same.

Independent Councillor James Kelly is the chairperson of the group and he outlined what people can expect.

He said: “With what has been a very tough two years for our nation we are delighted to announce that we are full steam ahead with organising this years Mountrath St Patrick’s Day Parade on Thursday March 17.

“Our main goal is to expand on the success of previous St Patrick’s Day Parades by getting as many as possible involved and we hope that all groups and organisations from the surrounding areas, towns and villages will take part.

“The parade will start from St Fintan’s GAA grounds at 12.30pm but we request that if you want to take part in the parade you must be in the grounds at the latest 11.30am.

“Music will start on the main stage from 11am.

“The committee want to acknowledge and thank Laois County Council especially the officials Dom Reddin, Edmund Kenny and Will Donagher.

“Also our sponsors, the Gardai, CJ Sheeran, St Fintan’s GAA, Dan Fleming, Stewards, Irish Red Cross, Tina Daly Trophies, Cosy Café Choir, Mc’s Johnny Purcell and Mick Grehan.

“A special mention also to our judges and all who have contributed to what will be another super St Patrick’s Day Parade.”

SEE ALSO – In Pictures: Magical Mountrath St Patrick’s Day a delight as parade receives national attention

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.