Arklow St. Patrick’s Day Grand Marshall Announced

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee in Arklow have just announced details of this year’s parade where the theme is “Reeling back the years” and gives groups, floats and marching groups plenty of scope for creativity. Mary Hickey has been announced as this year’s Grand Marshall for the Parade which kicks off at 2pm sharp.

A very popular choice, Mary is not one to rest on her laurels where in 2018 she completed the RNLI Lap of the Map and raised €73,000 in the process. In all she completed 104 days on the Road running all around Ireland and covering a whopping 1509 miles (which is the equivalent of 57 Marathons) in the process, in the worst winter ever. St. Patrick’s Day 2018 saw Mary run to get to the start of Castletownbere, Co Cork on the Beara Peninsula. This year Mary will be taking part in her 40th  consecutive Dublin City Marathon, which in itself is a record as the only Female ever to complete all 40.

On the 14th April, 2018 Mary arrived back into a heroes welcome to Arklow and this year faces another big challenge as she will cycle all around Ireland on 14th April 2019 for the RNLI once again as her chosen Charity. Mary will start of this year heading south and travel all around Ireland where she will cycle for two weeks on the road and one week off and looking forward to the wonderful support by all the volunteers and people along the route. A donation page will be launched shortly where people can donate to this wonderful cause.

65 year old Mary and mother of two boys has her own business “The Lake Coffee Shop” in Coral Leisure Centre, Arklow is really looking forward to another action packed year ahead.

This year there is a suggested Theme for participants “Reeling Back the Years”, 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.

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.

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.

The following Cups and Shields will be awarded.

  1. Best Float                                                      Chamber of Commerce Cup
  2. Best Commercial Display                             Bank of Ireland Shield
  3. Best Non-Commercial Display                    Arklow Traders Association Cup
  4. Best Marching Group                                   The AIB Shield
  5. Best Traditional Group                                 The Denis Naughter Perpetual Cup
  6. Most Entertaining Group                             The Paddy Lynch Memorial Award
  7. Best Agricultural/Horticultural Display      Ernest Sharp Memorial Cup
  8. Most Topical                                                 Arklow Retail & Business Assoc. Shield.
  9. Best Shop Window Display                         The Hickson Shield.
  10. Best Vintage Display                        The John Swan Cup
  11. Youth Award                                    Kitty Fisher Memorial Trophy
  12. Best Uniformed Group                          Elavon Perpetual Cup

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