'Considerable feedback' prompts Longford Chamber to revisit decision to move St Patrick's Day parade to March 18
Following 'considerable feedback' and a desire to 'organise the best parade possible and showcase Longford at its best', Longford Chamber of Commerce & Industry has announced this evening that it is to reconsider its decision to host the annual St Patrick's Day parade on Monday, March 18.
The Chamber had initially decided to move the parade from its traditional March 17 setting in order to avoid a potential clash with the AIB All-Ireland Club Final at Croke Park that may involve Mullinalaghta St Columba's - should the Longford and Leinster champions overcome Dr Crokes of Killarney on February 16.
From a logistical and organisational point of view, booking bands etc, the Chamber decided, in order to avoid a big clash, to move the St Patrick's Day parade to March 18.
However, many people took to social media to express their dismay and anger over the move.
The Chamber says it will now 'defer a final decision on the parade until February 18'.
This evening, Longford Chamber, released the following statement on its Facebook page;
"We have had considerable feedback in relation to an announcement to host the annual parade on March 18 in order to facilitate those who would wish to attend the All Ireland Club final on March 17 in the event that Mullinalaghta win their semi-final on February 16.
"We've listened to our members and the wider general public and we are committed to organising the best parade possible and showcasing Longford town in a positive light.
"Having taken account of all views, and likely availability we have decided to defer a final decision on the parade until February 18.
"Like all of Co Longford we hope that Mullinalaghta will win their semi-final on Saturday week.
"We'll then review our entries and if we feel we are in a position to stage a parade that showcases Longford at its best, we'll proceed as tradition dictates on March 17."