St Patrick’s Day events planned

A new committee set up to make plans for a St Patrick’s Day parade in Dundalk have stated that there is not enough time to organise one for this year but that they do intend to mark the day with a series of family-oriented events around the town.
The new committee was formed last week at a specially convened meeting in the County Museum following the announcement by the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce that they no longer had the resources to take on the mammoth task of organising a parade. Although last week’s meeting was poorly attended a committee was formed with Cllr Conor Keelan acting as chairman. The rest of the six-person committee consists of Cllr Anne Campbell, former councillor Kevin Meenan, Maria O’Toole from PayPal, Shane McBride from Pelican Promotions and Kayleigh Mulligan from the Louth Volunteer Centre.
The new committee have already begun planning for a series of family themed events around the town but according to Cllr Anne Campbell it is too late at this stage to try and organise a parade.
“We had a very constructive meeting last week where Pat McCormack from the chamber of commerce outlined all that was involved in organising a parade. It became clear pretty quickly that it is far too late now to try and organise one for this year and that was agreed by everybody. The fact that there is work ongoing on Clanbrassil Street also contributed to the decision,” explained Anne.
“There was a core group of people however who were determined not to let St Patrick’s Day pass in Dundalk without having something going on around the town and from that a committee was formed. We have already started planning for a serious of outdoor events around the town and we are hoping to tap into the goodwill of the cultural, sporting and community groups who have traditionally taken part in the parade over the last number of years.
“We ask any group who would like to perform on the day to get in touch with us and help create a great atmosphere in the town for St Patrick’s Day,” stated Cllr Campbell.
“We envisage music as being at the heart of the day and we know we have a lot of talented people in town who can help make it a special day. We have another meeting this Thursday and we will be working hard to come up with ideas to make sure it’s a great family day of fun for people in Dundalk. The council have agreed to provide some funding and support us logistically so that will help ensure the smooth running of the event.
“Although there is no parade as such this year this committee will be staying together and it is our aim to make sure that Dundalk has a parade in 2020.
“There’s a lot of hard work ahead but we have a very willing and able committee and we are determined to make sure that St Patrick’s Day is an enjoyable day for everybody who attends,” stated Anne.

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