This photo is of the Longford Girl Guides entry to the 2019 Longford St Patrick's Day parade, the last occasion the parade took place Picture: Shelley Corcoran
After a two-year absence, Longford Chamber of Commerce President Fiona Fenelon says they are delighted to announce plans for the 2022 St Patrick’s Day Parade.
The much-loved annual event was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, but returns this year in what will be a fantastic celebration to mark the reopening of society.
The theme of this year’s parade is ‘Ar Ais Arís,’ and the event on Thursday March 17 will form part of a wider St Patrick’s Festival with a series of music and cultural events due to take place across the county to mark the national holiday.
The Grand Marshals for this year’s parade will be Evelyn and Enda Neary of local charity Cian’s Kennels. The Killashee couple set up the charity in March 2020 in memory of their son Cian, who lost his battle with cancer at just 15 years old.
Evelyn and Enda have recently begun work on their kennels at Crumlin Children’s Hospital in Dublin where Cian was treated, in a bid to bring sick children comfort by allowing their beloved family pets to be close by while they are in hospital.
The parade will this year be sponsored once again by Mulleady Properties & Co Ltd, who have previously supported the event before the onset of the pandemic.
President of Longford Chamber, Fiona Fenelon, remarked, “Following the cancellation of the Longford St Patrick’s Day Parade in the last two years, we’re excited to be ‘ar ais arís’ in 2022.
“We’re delighted also to announce Mulleady Property Ltd as the main sponsor of the Longford St Patrick’s Day Festival, their ongoing support for the event is fantastic and I thank them sincerely for their support. I look forward to seeing the people of Longford back on the streets this year to celebrate and take part in the 2022 Longford St Patrick’s Festival."
Entries are now being accepted for the parade, with commercial, school, community and vintage entries all welcome. Entrants are encouraged to interpret the theme ‘Ar Ais Arís,’ which translates to ‘Back Again,’ in their own unique way.
An entry form is available online via longfordchamber.ie and can also be accessed by visiting the Longford Chamber Facebook and Twitter pages.
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