St Patrick’s Day will have ‘something for everyone’

By Maurice Garvey

THE OLD Nangor Road will be closed from 1pm on St Patrick’s Day (Sunday, March 17) – as organisers set things up for the Clondalkin parade (due to start at 2.30pm stage area Tuthills carpark).

There will be barriers erected from Main Street to Tower Road, and manned by gardai at a number of key locations along the parade route.

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St Joseph's Youth Band at last year's parade.

Over 30 groups have registered to take part in the Clondalkin St Patrick’s Day parade, which has received considerable backing from the local business community.

Festival organiser and Clondalkin councillor Francis Timmons says there will be “something for everyone” at the parade.

“The committee have been working hard to build this year’s parade into the biggest yet,” he said.

“This year Dolcáin's Cellar Open Mic group will perform at 1.30pm to 2.30pm outside Clondalkin SDCC offices which is a welcome addition to the parade. Clondalkin Youth Band are again in the parade along with vintage cars to dance groups, to Emerald Garrison, there is something for everyone.’’

Grand Marshals for the Clondalkin parade are Gemma and Philip Carr.

They set up the Ciaran Carr foundation to prevent sudden cardiac death tragedies occurring, after the tragic death of their son Ciaran, who collapsed while training with Round Tower senior football team in 2012

Over the past number of years, the foundation has installed multiple defibrillators in the community and trained hundreds of people in their use.

 For road closures, updates and information on the parade, residents are encouraged to visit www.clondalkinstpatricksfestival.ie or check their Facebook page.

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