Shining local lady Majella Myler from Arklow Sea Scouts will take the top position as Grand Marshall at this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday 17th March in Arklow which kicks off at the earlier time of 2pm.
Majella has been a member of Arklow Sea Scout since 1978 and interestingly Majella along with four others were the first ladies to be admitted into Scouting in Ireland, which is a remarkable achievement in itself. With over 40 years of unbroken service to Scouting in Arklow she has held many leading positions within Arklow Sea Scout Group, serving on County boards along with being Call Mhantain County Commissioner to mention but a few. In recent years Majella has taken the role of Group Leader for Arklow Sea Scout Group. Under her guidance and leadership Ark low’s membership has increased each year to their largest membership, which this year has reached a record number of 400 members.
Over the years thousands of young people have been supported by Majella, who is recognised by all who meet her as a truly ‘giving’ person and has the ability of remembering all their names.
As well as being involved in Arklow Sea Scouts, Mary and her team have been involved in organizing the logistics for “Pieta House Darkness into Light Walk” event in Arklow, which supports those who have been affected by suicide and has grown each year. For years Mary has supported the RNLI fundraising activities, in particular the Maritime Festival, where she works very hard in the background and is currently Secretary.
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Arklow starts this year at the earlier time of 2pm, PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN START TIME, allowing people time to get to see Ireland V England play in the crucial game of the 6 Nations Rugby in Twickenham….. and bring the grand slam back to Ireland.
This year there is a suggested Theme for participants “Bring Your Favourite Book to Life”, aimed primarily at Commercial Floats, groups can also adopt this theme if they wish. We would encourage everyone to get involved in this year’s Parade and showcasing what is great about Arklow and free publicity for your Business/group/organization.
Do not forget there is a prize for the Best Window Display, which is open to all shops, pubs, and businesses in the town which we would love to see as many as possible being creative and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
Please Note all Marching Groups to assemble on Mellows Avenue for 1.30pm and Commercial/Non Commercial Floats/Displays should be on Yellow Lane for 1.15pm. Early arrival by all participants is encouraged to get off promptly for 2pm SHARP.
The route for this year’s parade is Via Mellows Avenue, Navvy Hill, Abbey Street, Hudson’s Square and on to the Main Street. Reviewing stand at the Parade Ground. Dispersal after Parade passes the platform at the Courthouse, Parade Ground. Groups to go up St. Mary’s Road and Commercial Vehicles/Floats to drive right up to the top of Main Street. Please obey all stewards and Gardaí and allow for some traffic delays.
In the interest of Safety, we ask that sweets or novelties are not thrown from moving vehicles.
There are prizes in the various categories:
Best Float – Chamber of Commerce Cup
Best Commercial Display – Bank of Ireland Shield
Best Non-Commercial Display – Arklow Traders Association Cup
Best Marching Group – AIB Shield
Best Traditional Group – The Denis Naughter Perpetual Cup
Most Entertaining Group – The Paddy Lynch Memorial Award
Best Agricultural/Horticultural Display – Ernest Sharp Memorial Cup
Most Topical – Arklow Retail & Business Association Shield
Best Shop Window Display – The Hickson Shield
Best Vintage Display – The John Swan Cup
Youth Award – Kitty Fisher Memorial Trophy
Best Uniformed Group – Elavon Perpetual Cup
If you wish to enter this year’s parade please contact Tina O’Sullivan, Chairperson, on 087 9093848, Tommy Annesley, Jim Hoey in The Bridge Hotel or Donal Molloy in Le Chef. There is no entry fee, but a donation would be most welcome to defray some of the costs including insurances and prizes.
Winners will be presented with their prizes on Friday 23rd March at 8pm in The Bridge Hotel, Arklow.
Entries will be taken also on the day, so if you are attending other parades nearby you are most welcome to travel to Arklow, where you will get a warm welcome.