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Four parades to be held in North Kildare

Orin and Manus Connolly, at last year's Maynooth Parade.

Orin and Manus Connolly, at last year's Maynooth Parade.

The Maynooth St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins on Monday next, 17 March, starting at 11am.

Organised by Maynooth Community Council, this is its 29th year to take place, said chief organiser, Cllr. John McGinley.

Assembly takes place at Greenfield Shopping Centre, Straffan Road and the parade proceeds past the reviewing Stand at The Square and ends at Tesco Shopping Centre.

The parade will be preceded by the IVVCC Group of Vintage Cars, some from 1922 and James McKeogh’s Vintage Tractors.

The vintage cars and tractors will move off at 10.55am and the parade proper will follow at 11am led by St. Mary’s Brass & Reed Band.

Cllr. McGinley thanked Maynooth businesses for their help, particularly to Willie Kiernan who gives his public address equipment and his time free of charge.

The Kilcock parade begins at 1.30pm on St. Patrick’s Day with all floats lining up from The Sycamores (estate) to Spin bridge, with larger vehicles on the far side of Spin bridge.

“Our theme for this years parade is Famous Irish Battles from 1014 to 2014 to tie in with the anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf,” said spokesperson, Rachel Taylor.

They hope to have music playing opposite the church from about 1pm “to get the crowd going.”

They had 35 floats last year and hope to have the same this year.

Three residents, Aine Hampton, Sean Walsh and Helena McManus have volunteered to judge the parade.

There will also be judges for the shop windows who will be judging over the course of St. Patrick’s Weekend. There are 10 prize categories. The parade committee will be hosting a presentation night on Saturday, 22 March, in Kilcock GAA at 7.30pm which is open to everyone.

The Leixlip parade will also begin at 1.30pm, starting from Mill Lane and heading up to the Ryevale Tavern.

Between 2pm and 4.30pm, a free family fun day will take place at the Main Street car park.

The Celbridge parade begins at Church Road, near the entrance to St. Patrick’s Park and will end at the Tesco car park. It will start at 4pm. See www.thecelbridgeparade.com for more details.

 

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