City and county gear up for parades

City and county gear up for parades
Cork Community Art Link performing at the 2017 Cork St Patrick’s Day Parade. 

PREPARATIONS are well underway for the St Patrick’s celebrations in Cork with the final details of parades in the city and county being worked out.

Blackpool-based Cork Community Art Link is looking for volunteers who would like to participate in the city parade by helping with their policemen puppets.

“They are very light to carry and are mounted on backs so you can easily manipulate the arms and hands,” organisers said. 

“If that is something you'll be interested to help with, please let us know your availability this week for a try out at” 

The Cork City parade begins at 1pm on Saturday, March 17 and this year is celebrating the theme of Democracy For All - 100 Years of the Vote for Women.

Mahon’s St. Patrick's Day Parade takes place a day earlier, starting from Mahon Community Centre at 9:30 am on Friday, March 16.

“This year we are hoping to make it one of the biggest ever,” organisers said. 

“We cannot do it without your support. A special word of thanks to the parents and children, schools in the area and the local creches who turn out in their hundreds.

“We would be calling on all the business in the community to put up some bunting on the day, especially in Avenue De Rennes where the main parade takes place.” 

Ballincollig is holding its parade on St Patrick’s Day but committee members say they have not forgotten about the Six Nations rugby match between Ireland and England taking place that afternoon. A large screen will be set up on the plaza of CastleWest Shopping Centre to make sure fans don’t miss any of the action in Twickenham.

The Ballincollig theme this year is the four elements – earth, air, fire and water and the organising committee has put a call out to all young superheroes to help take on the elements. Parents are asked to bring along their little ones in their best superhero costume and take part in the parade.

Organisers of the Fermoy parade say their choice of local philanthropist Tom Cavanagh as grand marshal is proving popular and they expect record numbers this year. There is still time for participants and local businesses to register at

In Kinsale, there will be two parades in honour of St Patrick; the maritime parade on Friday night followed by the street parade on Saturday. In honour of the work of the RNLI, Kinsale RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Mr Kevin Gould has been chosen to be the grand marshal of this year’s festivities. Mr Gould and his team will be out on the water as part of the maritime parade, which starts at 7.30pm in Kinsale harbour and will be accompanied by a fireworks display. 

The street parade on Saturday has been moved forward to 1pm to accommodate the rugby and organisers are looking for the help of volunteers for both events.

Cork also has a strong connection with the world’s biggest parade in New York city. The Grand Marshal this year is Loretta Brennan Glucksman, co-founder of Glucksman Ireland House at New York University and Chair Emeritus of the American Ireland Fund.

The Lewis Glucksman Gallery in UCC is named after her late husband. The couple bought a home in Cobh more than 30 years ago and made it their home in his later years. Both devoted their philanthropic efforts towards projects of benefit to culture in Ireland for many years.

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