Kildare's St Patrick's Day Parades

Eight towns to hold festivities

Conor McHugh


Conor McHugh


Kildare's St Patrick's Day Parades

Frank Redikan at last year's parade in Clane. Photo: Tony Keane

Details have emerged of St Patrick’s Day parades taking place throughout the county on the day of the national saint, this coming Sunday.

Monasterevin’s celebrations will start at 11am with a community walk, followed by the dog show at 12pm and the baby show at 1pm. Murt the DJ will play from 1.30pm to 2pm when the parade will start.

Due to unpredictable weather conditions all activities after this year’s parade will be in the community centre. Bouncing castles, face-painting, balloon modeling, drumming workshop, candyfloss, popcorn, wheel of fortune, mascots, and music.

There will also be a mini craft market and cafe open from 12-5 in the community centre. Monasterevin ladies team will also run a duck race on the day at 4pm.

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In Athy the parade will have Anna May McHugh and Sr Consilio as the Grand Marshall’s this year.

The Athy Town Promoters Group says that local community, sporting, cultural and business organisations will be involved in the parade at 12.45pm.

The Clane St Patrick’s Festival parade takes place at 3pm. The Grand Marshall is Rosemarie Hayden from Clane Red Cross.

There will be a number of events surrounding the parade at 2pm. There were will be traffic diversions during the parade time.

Kilcullen’s parade will be from 11.30am to 12.45pm.

In Newbridge the theme will be one of all things equestrian.

“This year the event is celebrating the launch of the new Curragh Racecourse for 2019 and our theme is ‘Celebrating the racing heritage of The Curragh’ so we would love to see some entries reflecting this,” said committee spokesperson, Morgan McCabe.

The parade will start at 12 noon on the day.

“As usual our parade will start at 12 noon on the day and everybody is welcome! We have lots of great entries already in and we’re hoping to have over 50 entries on the day! The Curragh racecourse is also sponsoring some amazing prizes this year for the best entries,” added Cllr McCabe.

In Maynooth the parade begins at 11am and will take approximately an hour and 20 minutes.

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

Celbridge Community Council is organising the 2019 St Patrick’s Day parade in the town. This will start at 4pm.

The theme of the year of the Kilcock parade is “Kilcock or Nowhere”. The parade starts as usual at 1:30pm and all floats are asked to be in position on the road outside Musgraves from 12:45 to ensure a prompt start.

Always mindful of the current economic situation when organising the parade, organisers have once again kept entry fees the same as the previous five years. It is €30 for voluntary groups and schools and €50 for businesses.