Mallow parade is saved following insurance difficulties

Mallow parade is saved following insurance difficulties
The St Patrick's Day parade runs through Mallow from 2pm on Saturday.

A last-ditch intervention by the local Tidy Towns group means the Mallow St Patrick's Day Parade will now go ahead.

The committee who organises the annual event cancelled it on Monday night and chairperson Noel O’Connor held out little hope of a resolution.

The group were told by Gardaí less than three weeks ago that they would need to close all roads used on the route of the parade. This was in contrast to previous years when they managed traffic around the parade in partnership with the Gardaí.

Organisers began the process of arranging the road closures at short notice but an indemnity required by Cork County Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) was not acceptable to their insurer.

Mr O’Connor told the Evening Echo he was very grateful to the local group for providing a solution.

“There is a lot of goodwill in the town and the Tidy Towns chairman contacted me this morning to say he could help us out by linking with him and his insurance, that we could get the insurance we required,” he said.

“They really stepped up and said we have a good relationship with our insurer and we will link it up. And it got sorted, the Gardaí and Council are happy and we are happy.” While there are still a number of minor issues to be ironed out, Mr O’Connor said they will all be resolved and the parade will now definitely go ahead.

“I am going into a meeting with County Council officials and the Gardaí to discuss safety measures for the parade. We have to sort out stewarding and all those things but we will get over those, they are all minor compared to insurance.” 

The parade, which will be the 31st annual St Patrick’s Day parade in the town, begins at 2pm.

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